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Chemistry Schools in California

3,371 Chemistry students earned their degrees in the state in 2018-2019.

As a degree choice, Chemistry is the 44th most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Chemistry Majors in California

Chemistry majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,779
Associate’s Degree 834
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 400
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 400
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 400
Master’s Degree 269
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 83
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 6
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 6

Gender Distribution

In California, a chemistry major is more popular with men than with women.

Chemistry Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of chemistry majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 27.3%
  • Black or African American: 1.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 22.4%
  • White: 30.5%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 10.2%
  • Other Races: 8.1%
Chemistry Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Chemistry Grads in California

149,400 people in the state and 1,333,980 in the nation are employed in jobs related to chemistry.

Chemistry Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Chemistry Jobs in California

Chemistry grads earn an average of $91,890 in the state and $83,850 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 132 colleges in California that offer chemistry degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

340 Degrees in Major Awarded
87% Graduation Rate
37,887 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $13,318. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 63% of students receive it.

233 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
42,501 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $48,700 after earning their degree at this institution. A typical student attending UC Berkeley will pay a net price of $14,846. 67% of the teachers are full time.

190 Degrees in Major Awarded
88% Graduation Rate
36,032 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. The average student takes 4.20 years to complete their degree at UC Irvine. The 1.70% student loan default rate is lower than average.

136 Degrees in Major Awarded
91% Graduation Rate
44,537 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 70% are considered full time. In their early career, UCLA grads earn an average salary of $44,500. The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.

128 Degrees in Major Awarded
85% Graduation Rate
38,167 Total Students

Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $14,729. The full-time teacher rate is 87%. The average student takes 4.42 years to complete their degree at UC Davis.

118 Degrees in Major Awarded
81% Graduation Rate
25,976 Total Students

In their early career, UCSB grads earn an average salary of $39,000. The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 63% of students receive it.

98 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
23,922 Total Students

The 2.80% student loan default rate is lower than average. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $12,743.

86 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
35,303 Total Students

52% of the teachers are full time. The student loan default rate is 2.90% which is lower than average. 60% of students are awarded financial aid at this school.

#9

Ohlone College

Fremont
82 Degrees in Major Awarded
8,835 Total Students

42% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. 28% of the teachers are full time. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $30,300 after earning their degree at this institution.

82 Degrees in Major Awarded
94% Graduation Rate
17,381 Total Students

68% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. The full-time teacher rate is 99%. 12 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio.

Chemistry Careers in CA

Some of the careers chemistry majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Forensic Science Technicians 15% $80,260
Chemistry Professors 12% $105,850
Environmental Scientists and Specialists 12% $87,080
Natural Sciences Managers 11% $150,350
Chemists 10% $79,990
High School Teachers 7% $82,670

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to chemistry.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Physics 3,164
Geological & Earth Sciences 1,179
General Physical Sciences 467
Astronomy & Astrophysics 182
Materials Sciences 176
Atmospheric Sciences 66
Other Physical Science 20

View all majors related to Chemistry

View Nationwide Chemistry Report

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