Please visit the Department of Chemistry for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.

Concentrations: Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Materials Science, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Education

Field of Study: The study of matter and its physical/chemical properties, changes, and energy.

Post-Graduate Occupations of past Chemistry Majors 

  • Chemists
  • Dentists
  • Consultants
  • Pediatricians
  • Business Analysts
  • Doctors
  • Technical Writers 

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Consider graduate or professional school. Maintain a high GPA, particularly in the sciences, and secure strong recommendations.
  • Develop additional specialized skills, particularly in the fields of computer science and math.
  • Gain relevant experience and laboratory skills by volunteering, interning, or working in a research lab with professors.
    • Choose courses with lab components to further build skills.
  • If specializing in a particular subfield (e.g. Biochemistry or Geochemistry), consider a double major or take additional classes in another discipline.
  • Join relevant student and professional organizations.