Department of Chemistry

Employers of Chemistry Majors

Forensic Chemistry

Several chemistry majors have chosen to pursue careers in forensic chemistry, some of whom found employment with:

  • South Central DEA Lab
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Austin, Laredo, McAllen, Tyler and Dallas County Crime labs
  • Plano Police Department
  • Armstrong Forensic Laboratory

Graduate programs in forensic chemistry at the University of New Haven, University of Alabama, Sam Houston State University and George Washington University, have been chosen by some students.

Industrial Positions and Government Labs

Former students have taken positions with:

  • Abbott Labs
  • Advanced Medicine
  • Aer-Aqua Laboratories
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Air Liquide
  • Akzo Nobel
  • Alcon Labs
  • Alion Science and Technology
  • Alix Partners
  • Allergan, Inc.
  • Ambion
  • Ameripol Synpol Corp.
  • Amoco Chemical Company
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Antek Instruments
  • Aqua Tech
  • ARCO Chemical
  • Argo Breeding Company, Int.
  • Armstrong Forensic Laboratory
  • Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • AtoFina
  • Atotech USA
  • Baker Petrolite
  • Bayer Pharmaceutical Division
  • B&B Laboratories
  • Beckman Instruments
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb
  • Bromley Communications
  • Captan, Cardinal Health Systems
  • Celanese Ltd.
  • Champion Technologies
  • Chemical Abstracts Services/STN International
  • Chevron
  • Chiron Corp.
  • CIA
  • Ciba Speciality Chemicals
  • Ciba Specialty Chemicals (China) Ltd.
  • City of Houston Bureau of Air Qaulity
  • Combichem, Inc.
  • CompUSA
  • Conceptual MindWorks
  • Creature Comforts Veterinary Service
  • DEA South Central Crime Lab
  • Dionex Corp.
  • Dow Agrosciences
  • Dow Chemical U.S.A.
  • DuPont
  • DuPont Pharmaceuticals
  • EAG Services
  • Economy Polymers and Chemicals
  • Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals
  • Eisai, Inc.
  • Emerson Process Management
  • Empak, Inc.
  • Entergy Nuclear Northwest
  • EPRI
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fina Oil and Chemical
  • Frito Lay (Pepsico)
  • GE Water and Process Technologies
  • Genentech
  • Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
  • Haliburton
  • Haltermann Ltd.
  • Heraeus Metal Processing
  • Holt
  • Rinehart and Winston
  • Huntsman Corp.
  • IMEC in Leuven, Belgium
  • Institute for Research in Houston
  • Interchem, Inc.
  • Inter-Mountain Laboratories
  • IQ Products
  • Jetco
  • Kraft
  • Lawrence Livermore Labs
  • Los Alamos National Labs
  • Lubrizol
  • Luminex Corp.
  • Lynntech, Inc.
  • Lyondell Petrochemical
  • Martell Laboratory Services
  • Mega Labs
  • Merck, Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceuticals
  • Merichem
  • Miles, Inc.
  • Millipore Corporation
  • Monsanto
  • Nalco-Exxon
  • NASA
  • National Semiconductor
  • NCH Corp.
  • OI Analytical
  • Oxid L.P.
  • Oxychem
  • PPG Industries
  • Pace Analytical
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Pepsi
  • Pfizer Central Research
  • Pennzoil/Quaker State
  • PharmForm Quantum Dot Corp.
  • Quest Chemical Corp.
  • Quintiles
  • Radian Corporation
  • Rapa Kristner Engineering
  • REVA Medical Inc.
  • Richards, Medlock & Andrews Law Firm
  • Sabic Americas
  • Sachem
  • Sea Lion Enterprises
  • SEA Pharmaceutical Sciences, Inc.
  • Severn Trent Laboratories
  • Shell Development Co.
  • Smith, Kline, Beecham
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • State Chemist's Office
  • Steppan
  • Tethys Bioscience
  • Texaco
  • Texas Biotechnology Co.
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Department of Health
  • Texas Department of Public Safety labs
  • Texas Fluorescent Labs
  • Texas Instruments
  • Texas Research Institute
  • Thermo Electron
  • TriQuint Semiconductor
  • Twin Star
  • URS Corporation
  • W.R. Grace and Co.
  • Westport Technology Center
  • Witco

Law School

Several chemistry majors have entered law school at:

  • UT - Austin
  • Baylor University
  • UT - Houston
  • Marquette University
  • University of Illinois
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire
  • Thomas Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University

Patent law seems to be a popular area of law for these students.

Medical, Dental, Vet or Pharmacy School

Within the past few years we have had chemistry majors enter practically every medical school (e.g. the UT-system schools, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) and pharmacy and dental school in Texas as well as some out-of-state programs (Louisiana State University and Vanderbilt University). Several have been accepted into prestigious MD/Ph.D. programs at Baylor College of Medicine, Johns-Hopkins, and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Some chemistry majors entered vet school at Texas A&M, University of Missouri and the University of Pennsylvania. Many of our former students are practicing physicians at clinics and hospitals throughout the United States.

Military/Government Careers

Several graduates have entered the Navy's Nuclear Power School as instructors. At least one former student entered the Air Force as a pilot before returning to complete a degree in medicine at A&M and one former student now works with the CIA.

Teaching

We've had many excellent students who chose careers as high school chemistry teachers and college/university professors. Among our alumni are faculty at:

  • Chico State University
  • Emory University
  • King College
  • Moorpark College
  • Southwestern Medical Center
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • University of San Diego
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Victoria College
  • Teachers at many high schools

Graduate School

Recent graduates have also continued their education in graduate and undergraduate programs in anthropology, business (MBA's are popular choices) chemical engineering, chemical physics, computer science, biochemistry, management information systems, pathology, pharmacology, psychology (to study neurochemistry), plant sciences, science journalism and, of course, chemistry. Our students have gone to graduate school at:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • Baylor
  • Boston
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Colorado
  • Colorado State
  • Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Duke
  • Florida
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard
  • Houston
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • Lehigh
  • Louisiana State
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina State
  • North Texas
  • Northeastern
  • Northwestern
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma State
  • Oregon
  • Oxford
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State
  • Pittsburgh
  • Purdue
  • Rice
  • Scripps Institute
  • Stanford
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Chicago
  • UC - Berkeley
  • UC-Davis
  • UC - Irvine
  • UC - Los Angeles
  • UC - Riverside
  • UC - San Diego
  • UC - San Francisco
  • University of London
  • University of New Haven
  • Univeristy of Ohio
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas
  • UT- Health Science Center in Dallas
  • UT-Arlington
  • UT- Dallas
  • UT-San Antonio
  • Vanderbilt
  • Washington
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wharton School of Business at U. Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin