About this Program

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides an extraordinary level of education at the undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society and is designed with a broad-based curriculum that combines instruction in basic and applied chemistry with the theoretical and practical aspects of this dynamic science.

Program Highlights

  • Research opportunities are available to enrich students' understanding of real-world problems.

  • Cooperative arrangements exist with NASA Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Food Scientists and Technologists

$71,990 Median Salary

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


$81,870 Median Salary

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

Chemical Engineers

$112,430 Median Salary

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.


What are the requirements to apply for Chemistry at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Chemistry should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Chemistry Scholarships & Awards

National Institute of Health MARC scholarship Allen K. Clark Chemistry Award C.S. Sherwood Endowment


Master Lecturer

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