Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry is a degree that allows for a myriad of possibilities of career avenues. Graduates from Chemistry majors can pursue careers in industry, academia, government, non-profit, and/or entrepreneurship.

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Below are some resources that the Chemistry and Biochemistry department has gathered for students to peruse through as they are considering careers for their degree.

 General Career/Graduate Program Exploration:

Chemistry Graduate Department SeminarsWant to see what a grad school seminar looks like? Check one out!
Graduate/Ph.D. Program Finders:


Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School Virtual Info Session
Wednesday, September 22, 2021; 2-3pm PST

Monday, October 4, 2021; 2-3pm PST 

The Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School will be hosting virtual information sessions providing information on an overview of their PhD program, guidance on how to apply to their graduate school, and a Q&A session with prospective applicants. You can register for an upcoming Sloan Kettering Grad School Virtual Info session here.

"At the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School, we are committed to training a new generation of scientists who will advance the frontiers of biomedical knowledge. Established in 2006, our graduate school provides an interactive environment in which PhD students get the full benefit of the close integration of basic science and clinical research for which Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is known. Our program offers students a wide range of learning and research opportunities with our internationally renowned faculty in a highly innovative and collegial scientific environment."

Visit the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School website to find out more the program.

UCSC's Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Information Session
Wednesday, October 13, 2021; 12-1pm; PSB 114 (this event will be recorded!)

Let's talk about research! This event is for undergraduate Chemistry & Biochemistry (CHEM & BMB) UCSC students interested in participating in Chemistry and Biochemistry-related research. Several faculty and current undergraduate researchers will provide information on what research opportunities are available, how to choose and get into research labs, and how to find potential funding for your research experience. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. This event will be recorded and you must RSVP to receive that recording via email. Whether you can attend in-person or you will need the recording sent to you, RSVP for the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Information Session here. Any questions about this event can be emailed to 

 Event flyer for Undergraduate Research Info Session; all information on this flyer appears in the text above.

Pre-Health Information Links:

Overviews of Health Professions (overview of health careers, preparation, application info, etc.)

Pre-Health Coaching at UCSC 

Pre-requisites for different health professional programs (Medical school, Pharmacy school, etc.)    

Internships/Extracurricular Experience:

Environteers - Environmental Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Cruz County