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Explore our Chemistry program

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Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs, flat-rate tuition and scholarships.

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Faculty invested in your success

Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU  faculty.


Learn more about the building blocks of life and matter! The chemistry faculty at Emporia State University have a tradition of excellence that will propel you to a successful career. After graduation, you might work in environmental, pharmaceutical or food laboratories. Or, you might continue your education by attending pharmacy, medical, engineering, chiropractic, or graduate school. A 2018 report (Forbes, 2019) on college graduates notes that the highest paid fields are in science, technology, engineering and math. These fields will continue to grow!

Program Description

ESU chemistry offers an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree (the best in the nation!) to equip you with an understanding of scientific discovery. Our chemistry program prepares you for advanced study and immediate employment in a variety of laboratories and other options. We offer you concentrations in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical and pre-chemical engineering pathways. You will have the opportunities to work with faculty one-on-one and develop a career path.

What You Can Do with a Chemistry Major

  • Pharmacist
  • Professor
  • Physician, Dentist, or Chiropractor
  • Forensic scientist – join ESU for the only graduate program in forensic science in the state!
  • Research technician – synthesize and analyze pharmaceuticals
  • Industry technician – quality control in chemical production
  • Materials scientist – synthesize solar cells and batteries

Degree Requirements

See complete degree requirements.

Partnership Programs

  • KU (pre-pharmacy and pre-medical)
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College
  • KU and KSU (chemical engineering)

Program Resources

  • Instrumentation
  • Computer laboratories
  • Faculty and Peer tutoring

Student Organizations

  • Chemistry Club
  • Caduceus society (pre-med club)
  • Environmental Sustainability Club

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Contact Us

Phone + Building

(620) 341-5330
Rm 133 Science Hall


Box 4030
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801