Computer Science & Chemistry

Major Description

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 124—Intro to Computer Science 1
  • CS 128—Intro to Computer Science 2 
  • CS 173 - Discrete Structures
  • MATH 220 - Calculus
  • MATH 221 - Calculus I

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

CS & Chemistry majors acquire skills that can be applicable to a variety of areas.

  • Analyze data
  • Apply science and math
  • Collaborate on interdisciplinary teams
  • Conduct research
  • Develop theories
  • Display curiosity and adaptability
  • Focus on details
  • Implement programming and computer skills
  • Possess broad business acumen
  • Persevere
  • Utilize formulas
  • Write and communicate verbally
  • Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development
  • Associate Chemist
  • Clinical Trial Operation
  • Development Program
  • College professor*
  • Emergency Department Technician
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Health Statistician
  • IT Specialist
  • Lab Technician
  • Manager of Research & Testing*
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Patent Agent
  • Quality Control
  • Manager Research
  • Engineer Research Supervisor*
  • Sales Manager
  • Science Laboratory
  • Technician Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Technical Writer

* Indicates a career that requires education beyond the undergraduate degree


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Further Information:

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 Computing Machinery and the American Chemical Society.