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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Career opportunities with a B.S. in chemistry are readily available with entry-level positions in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, the medical, environmental, industrial, governmental and academic arenas. Median starting salaries, as of October 2004, are $32,500 as reported in the April 18, 2005 issue of  Chemical and Engineering News. The afore-mentioned journal is the weekly news source of our professional organization The American Chemical Society. You will find jobs listed in both places as well as a variety of information on chemistry applications and recent developments in chemical research.


Successful job searching requires the attainment of skills that extend those that you acquire in formal coursework. The student is strongly encouraged to participate in a research opportunity that would be available in the department or in any of the internships that are listed by the Career Advantage Program at ODU. The Career Management Center also offers training in a variety of job seeking skills which will help the interested student in achieving that first job.


Undergraduate Chemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry are rapidly changing sciences. The strong commitment to research excellence at Old Dominion University results in a faculty who are at the leading edge of this change and who can constantly revise their courses to keep up with the latest advances in our understanding of chemistry. We believe that research is an integral portion of the training of chemists, and many of our undergraduate chemistry majors join research groups. Working closely with faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, our undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors are not only exposed to what chemistry and bichemistry are, but they also begin to appreciate how new chemical knowledge is obtained. The strong emphasis on technical careers at Old Dominion University has advantages for our chemistry majors. They can select from a large number of electives in chemical engineering, materials science, physics, computer science and many more fields. We feel proud of the education and facilities of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to having fine laboratories, our students have access to the state-of-the art equipment necessary to prepare them for their future careers. We are also proud of the faculty of the Department, not only the size and quality of the research effort, but also the commitment to excellence in teaching.

The Chemistry or Biochemistry Major

Opportunities abound for good students who want to be at the forefront of scientific discovery. Where would you fit in, as a potential chemistry or biochemistry major? Are you curious? Imaginative? Persevering? Do you enjoy solving problems or puzzles? Do you like to work with both your mind and your hands? If so, you might become a good chemist, and if you choose to major in chemistry at ODU, you will be well prepared for a career in chemistry or a related science. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers five undergraduate plans of study: the Chemistry Major, the Biochemistry Major, the Secondary Education Option, and the Minor in Chemistry and Minor in Biochemistry. All programs offer a solid, thorough background in the basic disciplines of chemistry or biochemistry.