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Foundation for a fascinating career

Our chemistry majors work in wide-ranging fields, from medicine to patent law. The major provides a natural foundation for further studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology or veterinary medicine. Some students choose to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, with the objective of teaching at the high school or collegiate level. Others dive into lab work as researchers at corporate or government facilities.

Why study chemistry and biochemistry?

People have been fascinated by the properties of matter for thousands of years. But you can discover the secrets of chemistry that those ancients only imagined. Spend your years at SFA in wonder as you explore our fascinating world in the classroom and in the lab. And graduate with a scientific foundation that will enable you to land a great job as a chemist or pursue further graduate or professional studies.

What kind of jobs can I get with a degree from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is an ideal base for further studies in medicine, pharmacology, dentistry or veterinary medicine. In addition to the allied health fields, chemistry students pursue employment as researchers for major corporations and government labs. Students may also choose to inspire the next generation with chemistry knowledge as an educator.

Job availability and growth

Career opportunities as a professional chemist are expected to increase by three percent through 2024. The average salary is around $78,000.

Earning a doctoral degree enables chemists to achieve the most professionally, such as landing sought-after positions at larger biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms.

Employers of fermentation scientists

  • Altstadt Brewery
  • Austin Eastciders
  • Bandera Ale Project
  • Caracara Brewing Company
  • E. & J. Gallo
  • Fujifilm
  • Fresca Foods Inc.
  • Hops & Grain Brewing
  • K-Malt
  • Lakewood Brewing Company
  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars
  • Molecular Templates
  • Nocona Beer & Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Reddy Vineyards
  • Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery



Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Physical Address:
Bush Mathematical Sciences Building
Suite 108

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13006, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3006