(referring to a glass of water) "I mixed this myself. Two parts H. One part O. I don't trust anybody!"
~ Stephen Wright, comedian
What is chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of composition, structure and properties of substances. Chemists use their knowledge to solve problems involving health, security, and general well-being. Without the applied principles of chemistry, many advances in medicine, consumer products, environmental protection, and military defense would not exist. In everyday life, one uses simple chemistry concepts in cooking, mixing paint colors for an art project, making candles and soap, and dying t-shirts.
The 64-65 credit Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program at William Paterson University is housed in the College of Science and Health. The major includes 32 credits of core coursework, 14-15 advanced course credits, and 16 credits of directed electives. Core courses include Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Introduction to Instrumental Methods.
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Interests and Skills
- Mathematical ability
- Ability to organize and classify information.
- Analytical and quantitative skills
- Being able to work both in a team and independently
- Technical skills
- Ability to understand chemical concepts
- Oral and written communication skills
People working within the field of chemistry have a number of options in terms of work environment. Chemistry professionals may choose to work in education as researchers, teachers, or professors, government agencies, manufacturing firms, inspection agencies, research laboratories, environmental protection organizations, biotechnology firms, food processors, technical publishing firms, law firms, museums, and plants/animal breeders and growers. Some positions may require further education beyond a bachelor's degre
Possible Job Titles
Chemist (Polymers) Sun Chemical Corporation
Chemical Technician Schering Plough Research, Institute
Clinical Research Coordinator St. Michael's Hospital
Research Associate (DNA Analysis) DNX Transgenic Sciences
Lab Technician Unilever
Lab Assistant (Biomedical Implants) Collagen Matrix
Research Technician University of Arizona Cancer Center
Enhance Your Qualifications
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within chemistry, some suggestions may include getting involved in laboratory research, developing proficiency with high-tech equipment and computer programs, getting involved in research initiatives outside class, conducting an independent study for credit, joining or becoming a leader in career-related campus organizations; joining a professional chemistry association; learning computer skills; reading scientific journals; gaining practical experience through an internship/practicum/job shadowing; looking into the possibility of graduate school or teacher certification; and attending networking functions.
Related Web Sites
Chemistry Jobs www.chemjobs.net
....more jobs www.chemistryjobs.com
Current Chemistry News www.chemweek.com
American Chemical Society www.chemistry.org
American Association for Clinical Chemistry www.aacc.org
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Occupation Information http://online.onetcenter.org
Industry Information www.vault.com
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in chemistry. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Chemistry and Physics Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.