Major in Chemistry

Chemistry is central to all other scientific endeavors. Students who study chemistry gain skills to create, solve problems, and apply knowledge. Chemistry is vital to understanding the natural world, advancing technology, and solving problems related to medicine, health, food security, crime, and personal care.

Students majoring in chemistry may choose from careers in research, medicine, academia, industry, or government. Whether developing skills for other STEM related fields or embarking on new discoveries and innovation, chemistry prepares students to engage in careers addressing today's most pressing global issues.


of majors pursue graduate and professional degrees after graduation


Awarded in Welch Student Research Scholarships each year


of Chemistry majors receive scholarships and undergraduate research positions


of students accepted into medical or professional school after completing Health Professions Advisory Committee interview

Why Study Chemistry at MSU Texas?

The chemistry program of Midwestern State University emphasizes personalized instruction and student research.  Students receive direct individual attention by the faculty of Ph.D. chemists in small classes and seminar groups and are encouraged to start work on a research project as early as the second year of study.  This commitment has been supported by over $1.3 million in faculty and departmental research grants and student research scholarships.  Results from undergraduate research projects have been presented at regional and national conferences and published in scholarly journals with international distribution.

MSU chemistry stands as one of 35 programs in Texas 701 nationally, and only one of two small public universities certified by the American Chemical Society. Approval is based on excellence in chemistry education, accomplished faculty, and rigorous programming. MSU has been certified since 1970.

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Program and Requirements

Each year when the Academic Catalog is published, we release an updated degree plan. You will use this plan to chart your academic course toward earning your degree. You will keep and follow this plan throughout your tenure at MSU Texas (unless you decided to change your catalog year, but you can chat with your academic counselor about that at a later date, if necessary).

View the Chemistry Undergraduate Program page

Chemistry in the MSU Texas Catalog

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What can I do with a degree in Chemistry?

  • Forensic Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Research and Development Chemist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Environmental Scientist/Consultant
  • Water Chemist
  • Food Chemist
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Quality Control
  • Chemical Safety Officer
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Food Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Science Curriculum Specialist
  • Federal Positions in Food and Drug Administration, Patent and Trademark Office
Chemistry student working in the lab.

Undergraduate Research

Chemistry students can conduct research in collaboration with faculty research through several programs, including the Welch Scholar ProgramUGROW and EURECA. Research areas for faculty are listed below, along with a faculty contact link. 

Academic Advising for Chemistry Majors

Learn how to navigate the tools you need for academic planning — the catalog, your chemistry degree plan, and class rotations — from one of McCoy College's academic counselors.

We will help you understand your degree plan, suggest which courses to take and when, and be one of your biggest advocates throughout your studies.

Need help? Ask us. If we cannot answer your question, we will connect you with someone who can!

Learn more about the McCoy College Academic Counselors

Students working together in a lab during the American Chemical Society road to college event.
Three Chemistry students standing together smiling in a lab inside Bolin at Midwestern State University.

Peer-led Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring

Peer-led team learning has been a proven and effective format for assisting in STEM courses. Peer led Supplemental Instruction is available four days a week for lower level courses. Other campus programs such as JAMP (premed majors) and TASP provide students with one-on-one instruction options.

The chemistry department faculty and fellow students really helped me rediscover my passion for science. Had it not been for the wonderful professors, I'm not sure I'd be the chemist I am today.

Hayley Liddiard
B.S. Chemistry, 2022
McCoy College of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

American Chemical Society Student Chapter

The American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACS SA) is a campus organization open to any student. The MSU chapter is actively involved in community service, campus events, social gatherings, and STEM education outreach. For their endeavors, the chapter continues to be recognized nationally for its engagement. 

Group of chemistry students gathered for a meeting.
Students working together in a lab during the American Chemical Society road to college event.

Community Outreach

Faculty and staff in the MSU Chemistry Department collaborate with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates section to engage the community in science learning. Projects include campus science tours and laboratory experiences for high school students, chemistry "magic shows" for K-6, and distinguished researcher lectureships.

The department also provides support to the Red River Regional Science Fair, sponsors the ACS Chemistry Olympiad, and participates in local activities such as the Boy Scouts "Badge Day" and several campus STEM camps. Members of the faculty are active members in the American Chemical Society Wichita Falls-Duncan professional section.


To better prepare students for a bright future in the work force, the MSU Chemistry Department connects students with local industry leaders to provide professional experience and grow their laboratory skills. Currently, MSU collaborates with the City of Wichita Falls Cypress Water Plant and other local businesses.

High school students who have had chemistry may also apply for internships through the American Chemical Society's SEED program.

Chemistry students working in the lab.
Students working together in a lab during the American Chemical Society road to college event.


We have several scholarship options available to our chemistry students. Please visit our scholarships page below for more information!

Our Alumni

Many of our chemistry majors become chemists and work in industry. Whether they started work after their bachelor's degree or pursued a master's or phD, many choose to work for companies such as Alcon, Mary Kay, AB Speciality Silicones, and the City of Wichita Falls. Others become doctors, teachers, or professors.

As a student and alumni, you are able to access job search engines, resume critiques, and interview tips.

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