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Chemistry: Biological

Chemistry is everywhere. It fuels our cars, grows our crops, cleans our water and cures our diseases.

On Campus


If the complexity and order of chemical processes intrigues and amazes you, you might be a future chemistry major.

Our chemistry majors gain hands-on experience in LETU labs, and our strong emphasis on undergraduate research puts our students ahead of the competition—research at the undergraduate level is a rarity.

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry prepares students for industrial work in chemistry, graduate studies, or medical school through the biology concentration and participation in the Pre-medical Program.

Industrial chemists and chemical engineers are needed in polymer studies, air and water quality work, quality control, and research and development.



  • Chemical Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Research

To learn more about specific course requirements, view the course catalog.



According to the American Chemical Society's Comprehensive Salary and Employment Status Survey, the average salary of a full-time chemist with a bachelor's degree surpasses $75,000.

Many of our students go on to complete graduate studies or attend medical school, generally earning even higher salaries. Common career paths for LETU chemistry graduates include:

  • Graduate school in chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Medical, pharmacy, dental, vet or medical technology school
  • Chemical research and manufacturing
  • Chemical engineering
  • Government research or crime labs
  • Law school specialization in intellectual property
  • High school science teacher



  • Physical Concentration: provides preparation for graduate studies in chemistry or physics
  • Biological Concentration: ideal preparation for a career in molecular biology. Also recommended for students interested in a pre-health track.
  • Engineering Concentration: As part of our 4+1 agreement with Iowa State, you will earn your bachelor's in chemistry at LeTourneau in four years, and spend one year at Iowa State to earn the Master's in chemical engineering.

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