Cadets interested in majoring in chemistry are encouraged to speak with a chemistry faculty member. Current Chemistry majors should meet regularly with academic advisors to ensure their curriculum satisfies institutional and departmental requirements for graduation.
Cadets majoring in chemistry will find a variety of careers open to them. To learn more about the nature of various careers, general working conditions, employment outlooks and salary information visit: Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
- Graduate School in Chemistry or Biochemistry
VMI chemistry majors are accepted into some of the nation's top 20 chemistry programs. To learn more about choosing a chemistry program visit: Customized Graduate School Rankings. Guidance on choosing a graduate research advisor as well as other advice about graduate school can be found in the Alchemist's Lair.
- Medical and Professional Schools
Students who major in chemistry are well prepared for studies in medical school or other health-related professional schools. In fact, in 2014, medical school acceptance rates were 46.8% for applicants who majored in a physical science (like chemistry), 46.5% for those that majored in math or statistics, 46.1% for humanities majors, 40.4% for biological science majors and 34.5% for specialized health science majors. More information about medical schools can be found at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
- Careers in Chemistry and Related Fields
There are numerous opportunities for chemistry majors in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as related fields including forensic science, chemical engineering and biotechnology.