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Opportunities for Chemistry Students After Graduation

Currently in demand, chemistry majors can expect a wide variety of career choices with good salaries and low unemployment rates. Immediately after graduation, approximately half of our students enter industry, business, or government agencies where employment usually involves laboratory testing or research.

Our graduates become gainfully employed or become graduate students in various programs to pursue advanced degrees. Many of our students attend graduate school with the remainder finding jobs primarily within the state of Pennsylvania.

Internship and job opportunities can be found through the American Chemical Society's website.

Ship’s Career Center is also a great resource for professional career development, even after you graduate.

If you are a Shippensburg University chemistry graduate and would like to update your information or tell us how you are doing, please email You can also update your contact information through the Alumni Association to stay in the know about events and take full advantage of the resources, services and benefits available to you.

Shippensburg University chemistry graduates can find careers in many different areas, including:

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Sales and Marketing
  • Chemical Technology
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Products
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Material Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Pulp and Paper Chemistry
  • R&D Management
  • Science Writing
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry

Many companies employ Shippensburg University chemistry graduates, including the following:

  • Merck
  • Bayer
  • BASF
  • Cambrex
  • Air Products
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Lancaster Laboratories
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Weidmann Diagnostic Solutions
  • WestRock

Many Shippensburg University Chemistry graduates pursue advanced degrees. Our students have gone on to seek degrees at the following institutions:

  • John's Hopkins University
  • Michigan State University
  • Princeton University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Illinois
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Penn State University
  • University of Florida
  • University Of Cincinnati
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Drexel University
  • University of Virginia
  • Duquesne University
  • Delaware University
  • Rice
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • Notre Dame
  • Virginia Tech
  • SUNY Buffalo

Contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

327 Franklin Science Center 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1629 Fax: (717) 477-4048