After Houghton

A degree in chemistry from Houghton College provides opportunities for a variety of fulfilling careers, as demonstrated by the lists below. In a recent survey of Houghton chemistry graduates, all respondents reported being employed in their field or attending a graduate program within one year of graduation from college.

Since the year 2000, about three quarters of the Houghton College chemistry-majors have chosen to continue their education in graduate school or medical school, and the remaining quarter have opted to pursue immediate employment. Over the past 35 years, nearly 100 percent of Houghton chemistry majors applying to graduate and medical schools have been accepted and have found that they are well-prepared for these programs.

  • Kaitlin Smith (Biochemistry major, ‘10) is currently working on her PhD in Physical Therapy at SUNY Upstate Medical
  • Joshua Wallace (double major in Political Science and Chemistry, ’11) is currently working on his PhD at the University at Buffalo
  • Marilyn Holt (double major in Chemistry and Biology, ‘12) is currently at Vanderbilt University working on her PhD in Biochemistry.
  • Shannon Hritz (double major in Chemistry and Biology, ‘13) is currently working on her MD at the Washington University School of Medicine at St Louis
  • Deanna Montgomery (Chemistry major, ’14) is beginning her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan
Positions held by graduates Medical and Graduate School acceptances (since 2000)
  • Analytical chemists
  • Biochemists
  • Business leaders
  • College and university professors
  • Forensic chemists
  • High school science teachers
  • Linguists
  • Medical doctors
  • Medicinal chemists
  • Nutritional chemists
  • Missionaries
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmaceutical chemists
  • Podiatrists
  • Polymer chemists
  • Process chemists
  • Quality-control chemists
  • Science-company sales representatives
  • Youth counselors

M.D. or Equivalent Health-Related Programs

  • Columbia – Ben Gurion Program
  • College of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University
  • Des Moines University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Midwestern University, Chicago
  • New York College of Optometry
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine
  • Syracuse University School of Medicine
  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Ph.D. Programs

  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth 
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State
  • Princeton University
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
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