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Chemistry is the science that deals with and investigates the composition, properties, and transformation of substances and various elementary forms of matter. A degree in chemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields.

In addition, it may serve as a basis for a wide range of career choices outside chemistry, including but not limited to: materials science, medicine and other healthcare related occupations, pharmacology, secondary school teaching, environmental science, and patent law.

Declare This Major

Step 1: Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level chemistry majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements. Learn the difference between the B.A. versus B.S.A. versus B.S. degrees.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view Chemistry degree plans by specific major. For additional information, view the chemistry course descriptions.


The chemistry curriculum provides broad and comprehensive training in all areas of modern chemistry, including course work in the major sub-disciplines of chemistry - organic, inorganic, physical, biological, and analytical.

Degree Options:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science and Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Option I: Chemistry
    • Option II: Computation
    • Option III: Teaching: Composite or Physical Science
    • Option IV: Chemistry Honors (must first be admitted to Dean's Scholars)


Students generally have a strong mathematical background and enjoy studying chemistry. Chemistry majors tend to be observant and curious about the world around them, especially within the realm of science.

Learn about chemistry-related student organizations on campus.


  • Aptitude for accurate details
  • Ability to organize and interpret data
  • Enjoy problem-solving and decision-making
  • Ability to derive information from computers
  • Sensitive to the health and safety of others
  • Desire for life-long learning

A small sample of directly related careers

Chemical Lab Technician
Clinical Lab Technician
Conservation Scientist
Medical Scientist

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.