Acquire a comprehensive skillset and become career-ready through the chemistry and geochemistry bachelor’s degree programs. Our chemistry degree program features a broad, student-focused curriculum.

Why Study Chemistry at Montana Tech?

As Montana’s only STEM school, Montana Tech boasts a 100% career outcome rate. You’ll benefit from a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an extraordinary hands-on learning environment. You’ll actively participate in field trips to see a multitude of chemistry-related scenarios.

Opportunities to Specialize

At Montana Tech, several areas of specialization are available at the undergraduate level. Each area is designed to enhance knowledge in the special area while maintaining a strong chemical orientation. Areas of specialization include Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and a Professional track. Our students are involved in both fundamental and applied research, and engage in a combination of studies that prepare them for careers and research across the spectrum of chemistry disciplines.

State-of-the Art Labs and Equipment

Obtain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to operate sophisticated instruments through a chemistry degree program that uses state-of-the-art analytical, laboratory, and field equipment. You’ll have access to instruments in your lab courses and opportunities to assist faculty on innovative research projects.

Chemistry Research Opportunities

Receive even more hands-on experience through a variety of chemistry internships in multiple employment arenas. As an in-demand chemistry student at Montana Tech, you’ll have your pick of top internships in your area of interest.

Early Acceptance Pathway to Rocky Vista University Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine

Students at Montana Technological University have an early acceptance pathway to medical school through an agreement with the Rocky Vista University Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-MCOM) in Billings.

The Early Acceptance Program will allow undergraduate Montana Tech students who have fulfilled the specified requirements to gain acceptance to RVU-MCOM without taking the MCAT. Students must maintain a science and overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be eligible.

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Outstanding Location

While experiencing chemistry from your own research and studies, you’ll also have countless opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors both in and around Butte as well as across the state. Southwest Montana is home to skiing, hot springs, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Study Chemistry and Have Fun Too

Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus. Montana also has a plethora of outdoor activities to keep you busy outside of class. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams.

Be Ready for a Career in Chemistry

Through our rigorous chemistry degree you’ll not only gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. You’ll also develop communication, interpersonal, and project management skills employers seek. From Montana Tech’s engaged chemistry faculty to Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections you need to land coveted internships and jobs and receive a top chemistry salary.

Experienced Faculty

You’ll learn from our dedicated chemistry faculty who are committed to student learning. They have multiple years of field, research, and teaching experience. These expert scholars make sure you receive a relevant education in chemistry by combining challenging research topics with course materials.

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What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science — it is the nature of matter. It is the crux of explaining the real world and extends beyond the classic areas of the field into exciting interdisciplinary areas such as computational chemistry, biotechnology, biogeochemistry, and materials science. Chemists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and how substances interact.

What Kinds of Jobs Do Chemistry Graduates Do?

Career opportunities for chemistry graduates are found in nearly every industry. A Montana Tech chemistry graduate has the professional knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a variety of paths such as forensics, nanotechnology, teaching, and pharmacy. Career paths from the biochemistry option include human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, medical technology, and chiropractic or naturopathic medicine.

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$79,430 median salary

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Explore Courses for the Chemistry Degree

At Montana Tech, several areas of specialization are available at the undergraduate level. Each area is designed to enhance knowledge in the special area while maintaining a strong chemical orientation. Specialization areas include Biochemistry (ACS Certified), Environmental Chemistry (ACS certified), and Professional (ACS certified). Internships opportunities are also available for students who wish to incorporate practical work experience with their academic studies.

The Biochemistry option is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in research and/or professional practice in biomedicine or health care. Career paths from this option include human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, medical technology, chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, etc.

At the graduate level, earn a MS in Geoscience specializing in Geochemistry. Our geochemists go on to enroll in PhD programs, work in industry as environmental consultants and lab technicians, and become government geochemists. There are also interdisciplinary MS options available.

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