Computer Science & Chemistry

What Is It?:

Students majoring in CS & Chemistry are prepared for a variety of careers, including helping manufacturers design more productive and efficient processes, helping pharmaceutical firms characterize new compounds for drug discovery, and conducting research that requires studying the fundamental properties of atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions.

CS & Chemistry majors might develop computer models or simulate chemical and biochemical processes, perform statistical analysis of large data sets, or create visualizations of reaction pathways, molecular interactions, or other phenomena.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHEM 102/103 - General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 104/105 - General Chemistry II/ General Chemistry Lab II
  • CS 125 - Intro to Computer Science
  • CS 173 - Discrete Structures

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Code breaking
  • Computer theory
  • Data networking
  • Environmental management
  • Hardware systems
  • Inventory management
  • Medical imaging
  • Networking
  • Software systems
  • Surveillance
  • Virtual reality

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Applications Programmer
  • Artificial Intelligence Specialist
  • Computer Aided Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Database Manager
  • Electronic Data Processing Auditor
  • Operating Systems Programmer
  • Operations Research Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Special Effects (FX) Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Technical Writer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • iRobotics: focuses on competing in CARD and other robotics competitions, as well as spreading the word of science and technology to the community.
    • Women in Computer Science: offers a comfortable environment for everybody who studies and does research in computer science.
    • American Chemical Society (ACS): ACS is the UIUC student chapter of the American Chemical Society national organization.

Related Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving skills
  • Research skills
  • Teamwork skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Computer Science & Chemistry, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Computer Science.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Computer Science and Chemistry.  These organizations include Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Chemical Society.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Computer Science, visit Undergraduate Programs.