Chemistry Careers and Outcomes

A degree in chemistry from Houghton College provides opportunities for a variety of fulfilling careers.

Josh Wallace

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The rigor and quality of the preparation provided by the department of chemistry allowed me to test into the top of my PhD cohort. As a result of that rigor, I never perceived the massive increase in academic demand that many students face entering graduate school.

Joshua Wallace ’11 JD candidate at the University at Buffalo School of Law and postdoctoral research associate, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo

Careers in Chemistry

A sampling of jobs held by Houghton chemistry majors

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Business leader
  • College and university professor
  • Forensic chemist
  • High school science teacher
  • Linguist
  • Medical doctor
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Nutritional chemist
  • Missionary
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Podiatrist
  • Polymer chemist
  • Process chemist
  • Quality-control chemist
  • Science-company sales representative
  • Youth counselor

Since the year 2000, about three quarters of our chemistry majors have chosen to continue their education in graduate school or medical school.

Graduate School

Houghton chemistry alumni in grad school

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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