Why Chemistry

Ask the typical Chemistry major at Humboldt State how he or she chose Chemistry, and you're likely to get a roundabout answer. The fact is, many of our students first arrived on campus undecided about their major, or with plans to study something else entirely, before converting to Chemistry after one or two classes. What did they see that changed their minds?

Perhaps our enthusiastic faculty demonstrated before their very eyes how the world works at the molecular level. Or they may have liked our small classes and the way our professors—not graduate assistants—teach all of our Chemistry classes and labs. Maybe they were impressed that they got to use sophisticated equipment on their own and engage in original research with our faculty. Or they may have learned how a Humboldt State education in Chemistry is a proven pathway to the nation's best graduate and professional programs, as well as a multitude of great careers.

"The smaller laboratory class sizes allow for a more hands-on approach to learning chemistry, plus better access to instructors for when students have difficulties. All of my instructors have been available for help outside of class, too."
Julia Skaggs
Fieldbrook, California
HSU Class of 2007
Major in Chemistry with option in Biochemistry

Degrees in Growing Fields

Our Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers an option in Biochemistry. We also offer a flexible Bachelor of Arts degree designed for students wishing to pursue their secondary teaching credential or for students who want to work in today's high-tech industries. Our degrees also offer excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.

You're Prepared to Move On

While our undergraduate degrees prepare you for a variety of careers in the field, you may also decide that graduate study in chemistry is right for you. Through close consultation with your faculty mentors, you'll make a wise choice that takes full advantage of Humboldt State's outstanding reputation among graduate and professional schools. Our students have succeeded at Cornell University, MIT, the University of California at Davis, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington and many other top institutions. In short, nearly all of our students go where they want to go after graduation.

An Exciting Career Awaits

If you're considering a career in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or dentistry, Biochemistry is a great choice for undergraduate study to prepare you for professional school. Or, as a teacher, you can share your love of chemistry with tomorrow's scientists and engineers. Instead you might choose to work as an analytical chemist, biotechnologist, nutritionist, toxicologist, medical technologist, genetic engineer, physical chemist, pharmacologist, biochemist, forensic chemist, geochemist, environmental consultant, chemical engineer or as one of many other professionals in the field.