Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus

Approved by the American Chemical Society, Sam Houston State University’s chemistry program will give you a quality education in the fundamental knowledge of chemistry, including how to critically examine and analyze observations and how to use chemical understanding to propose solutions to problems that may arise in industry, academia, or various other careers associated with chemistry. You have the opportunity for hands-on experience in working with atomic absorption, gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, 60 MHz and 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and other standard instrumentation in the field.

At SHSU, you can major in Chemistry for Professional Chemists or Other Technical Careers. Students can also choose to major in chemistry with a concentration Biochemistry and Medicine or Forensic Science.

The professional chemists track leads to an American Chemical Society certification and prepares students for graduate studies in traditional chemical fields. Students interested in professional schools, chemistry-associated industries, or secondary education may pursue the technical careers track. With an emphasis on biochemistry-biotechnology, students are prepared for careers in biotech companies across the state and nation. A strong skill set in mathematics is strongly suggested for the chemistry program.


A minor is required for this degree, and a variety of minors can complement a major in chemistry. Some of the more popular minors include biology, criminal justice, general business, mathematics, and education.

Study Abroad

The Department of Chemistry has a study abroad program in Germany in which students carry out summer undergraduate research at a German university and can experience the culture and approach to chemical education in Europe.

Careers in Chemistry

  • Continued studies in professional school
  • Work in chemistry-related industries
  • Teach chemistry in high school

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Length 120-121 Credit Hours
Required Courses Bachelor of Science (BS)
BS: Major for Professional Chemists
BS: Major for Other Technical Careers
BS: Biochemistry and Medicine Cocentration
BS: Forensic Science Cocentration
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15