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Chemistry (Professional)

Learn instrumentation, modern concepts and methods to support your understanding of the molecular nature of biomaterials and life processes for jobs in medicine, patent law or science writing.

Chemistry (Professional) – B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemistry (Professional) Emphasis; Minor

Students in the Chemistry (Professional) program at Montana State delve into a core of chemistry courses and technical electives to prepare for careers within the field, as well as medicine, patent law, science writing and more. Depending on their interests, students are also encouraged to engage with additional mathematics and/or physics courses as well. Additionally, all students in the Chemistry (Professional) program are assigned to an on-campus lab to conduct laboratory research as part of their degree, preparing them for either on-the-job laboratory work or higher education.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry major at Montana State offers an additional Option Within the Major: Biochemistry. Additionally, Chemistry (Professional) can be taken as a minor.




Students in the Chemistry program include Gabrielle Spurzem ’21, one of four students at Montana State recently named a Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduate students who intend to pursue a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.



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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the top producer in the Northwest of recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Hands-On Experience
Students in the Chemistry & Biochemistry department all participate in laboratory research during their undergraduate careers, with opportunities to explore projects that focus on nanomaterials, optical technology, thermal biology, biofilm engineering and more.

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Montana's Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Chemistry (Professional) students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Laboratory Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Writing
  • Plant Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.