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Department of Chemistry


The chemistry department is committed to empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers.


To pursue the goals of a meaningful life and productive career that is at the core of Rollins mission, you will need to reflect on your own personality and interests and how they may make you more or less suited to a particular occupation. There is no one career path that all individuals who enjoy chemistry pursue! Our major is designed to expose you to a variety of the different sub-fields of chemistry (organic, biochemistry, inorganic, physical, and analytical), and there are many occupations associated with each. Many specialties require graduate education, and you will need to understand the educational prerequisites for your occupation of choice. You should begin by becoming familiar with the process of preparing for and applying to graduate school.

Most graduate studies in chemistry-related fields require undergraduate research experience either at Rollins or at a larger research institution. You should talk to your academic advisor if you are interested in this path. Regardless of which career interests you, you should develop your presentation skills by drafting a resume or CV, cover letter, and personal statement. You should talk to your academic advisor and utilize the resources available at the Center for Career and Life Planning to help you in this process.

Alumni Careers

Chemistry majors end up in a surprisingly diverse array of occupations. The Chemistry Department routinely hosts guests from a range of careers. If you are an alum who can share your story, please drop us a note—we would love to host you! Here are many of the most highly represented careers in which our Rollins chemistry majors work (from LinkedIn):

  • Forensics
  • Education
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Healthcare Services
  • Entrepreneurship