Welcome to the Chemistry Undergraduate ProgramThe Chemistry Department offers a Bachelor of Science, and Minor in Chemistry.  Students may elect between two concentrations: ACS-certified or non ACS-certified.  In addition, students may opt to switch to the joined B.S./M.S. program in their junior year.

Why Study Chemistry

The study of chemistry prepares students for a variety of careers, and the undergraduate program at Colorado State University has been designed to give graduates the background necessary to enter any one of these interesting and exciting areas.

Chemists are employed in a wide array of professional fields in private industry, government, and education. Chemists work in research, development, analysis and testing, consulting, industrial quality control, environmental resource management, and forensics.

Principal employers are petrochemical firms, biotechnology firms, consumer chemical firms, environmental testing laboratories, agricultural companies, governmental regulatory agencies, governmental and educational research laboratories, and manufacturing firms.

Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development.

Recent Colorado State University B.S. chemists with research experience have been very successful securing jobs in the chemical industry with competitive starting salaries.

Graduates who continue on for advanced studies can obtain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

ACS Certified Concentration

A student choosing the ACS-certified concentration will earn a B.S. degree that has been certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS certification ensures a rigorous, broad-based program for a student interested in pursuing career as a scientific professional.

Non-ACS Certified Concentration

Students wishing to build a strong foundation in chemistry while maintaining the ability to engage more in elective courses can choose the Non-ACS certified degree. The Non-ACS certified degree provides the flexibility for a student to tailor his or her degree by taking upper-level courses that are specific to his or her interests.

Accelerated BS/MS Program in Chemistry

The accelerated B.S./M.S. Program offers a mechanism whereby highly motivated students can fulfill the requirements of and ACS-Certified B.S. Chemistry degree and a M.S. Chemistry degree in five years.  Students making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. Chemistry degree may enroll in this program upon completion of prerequisite coursework.

Key Advisor – Carlos Olivo-Delgado

Office: Chemistry A105
Phone: 970-491-0722
Emailcolivo@colostate.edu

Current Students:

Click HERE to schedule an appointment, using your CSU e-credentials. Please include a cell phone for a text reminder.

Prospective Students:

Please send an email. Include date and time when you are interested in visiting our department and your contact information. 

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