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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What sort of fields can I enter with a chemistry degree?

A: A career in chemistry will provide you with the opportunity to contribute in many areas such as medicine, the environment, manufacturing, polymers, safety and law enforcement, teaching, research, health, etc. There are a wide variety of occupations available to someone who has degree in chemistry.


Q: What are the most common jobs for chemists?

A: Most chemists are involved in either research and development, production or teaching. Almost 4% of chemistry graduates teach at either the high school or college level. Federal, state and local government agencies hire almost 10% of the chemistry graduates for work in areas such as medical, forensic, biochemical and environmental studies.


Q: What percentage of Millsaps students are accepted to medical school?

A: For the past 10 years, 80% of the Millsaps students applying to medical school have been accepted. Millsaps alumni are currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins, Emory, Vanderbilt, Tulane, University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, and University of Mississippi medical schools.


Q: How many Millsaps graduates with B.S. degrees in biology and chemistry end up going to graduate or professional school upon completion of their undergraduate studies?

A: Normally 70-75% of Millsaps graduates with a B.S. in those majors enroll in graduate/professional school after completing undergrad.


Q: Are there any particular exams that must be completed in order to earn a degree in chemistry?

A: As with all Millsaps graduates, those receiving a degree in the sciences must complete both an oral and written comprehensive examination. On tests where there is a national norm, Millsaps graduates have traditionally performed in the upper one-third of all science graduates/