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What is a chemist?

Chemists detect counterfeit drugs, preserve art, purify water, and analyze crime scenes. They also work in the rapidly growing fields of nanoscience and technology, materials science, energy production, and healthcare.

Mines chemistry faculty revolutionized the biopharmaceutical, water treatment, blood products, and air purification industries with their start-up Nanofiber Separations – while teaching in a building now slated for a $6 million renovation. Under the guidance of these leading minds, students have landed the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and NASA internships. A majority of our students go on to professional and graduate studies.

Salary Information Not Available, Chemistry Graduates Go On To:

  • LyondellBasell
  • United Nations
  • Axon North America
  • Graduate School
  • Con Agra
  • Energy Laboratories
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital
  • Fuelade Technologies
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Intermountain Labs


  • forensics
  • medical chemistry or pharmaceuticals
  • environmental testing
  • patent or environmental law
  • material synthesis and testing
  • healthcare
  • nanochemistry or chemical research
  • energy production
  • food supply

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 200 employers in 30 states. Students have interned at NASA's Kennedy Space Center contributing to a pilot mission for lunar excavation and conducted co-ops to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions at Fuelade Technologies.

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your science knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

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