Chemistry and Geochemistry

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

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.

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 & 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 Internships

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.

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.

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.

ACS Certification
ACS Certification
Hands-On Learning Environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
Bachelor and Master of Science
Bachelor and Master of Science

Why study Chemistry at Montana Tech?

As Montana’s only STEM school, Montana Tech boasts a 100% career outcome rate. You’ll benefit from an 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.

study chemistry and have fun

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

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.

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Hands-on, laboratory experience
  • A love of science

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.

Career Outlook for the Chemistry Degree

100% career outcome rate

Chemistry Salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of chemists is projected to grow 4% through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for chemists was $78,790 in May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

80% Placement Into Medical School
80% Placement Into Medical School
100% Placement Into Graduate School
100% Placement Into Graduate School

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.

View the catalog information for a Chemistry, B.S.

Get Started on Your Chemistry Bachelor's Degree

Take the next step toward earning your chemistry bachelor's degree at Montana Tech.

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Talk to an Advisor

Contact the Chemistry, Geochemistry department head, Dr. Katie Hailer at 406-496-4117 or at

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To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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Apply Now and Request More Information

We invite you to start your application or request more information about the chemistry degree at Montana Tech. If you have questions, contact the chemistry department.

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Montana Tech's Chemistry programs are approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).