# Major in Chem E, or Chemistry?

#### JoshHolloway

Hello all, what is the major difference in these majors? What kind of job would I get with the chem E degree, what kind of job would I get with the chem degree?
I am currently leaning more toward the chemical engineering degree, but am not entirely sure.

#### enigma

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Moving this to a more active forum to hopefully get a response

#### quetzalcoatl9

JoshHolloway said:
Hello all, what is the major difference in these majors? What kind of job would I get with the chem E degree, what kind of job would I get with the chem degree?
I am currently leaning more toward the chemical engineering degree, but am not entirely sure.
I guess it depends on the career path that you want.

#### bomba923

Yeah--but I'm more interested in the theoretical fields of mathematics and physics, not the "applied," which is why I seek to be a "theoretical chemist" (it seems that that is an actual field of study)
*Basically, I described a position as a research chemist of drug development, *assuming that "applied" knowledge should be easy/no problem if the theoretical skills are already there. For example, this is assuming that theoretical mathematicians already should have no trouble doing 'applied' work--with a Masters/(hopefully PhD) in mathematical theory-->'applied' work should not pose any problem.

However, this is fundamentally an assumption! . But is this really wrong...or is somewhat safe to assume this?--?

#### leright

gravenewworld said:
Sounds like you want to be a future physical chemist. Physical chemistry is all 3 physics, math, and chemistry all rolled into 1 thing. Another name for a physical chemists could be a chemical physicist. Having 3 majors with 2 minors is next to impossible to obtain, that is unless you want to be an undergraduate for 7 years and spend \$250,000 on an education. Just remember man, chemisty is fundamentally just applied physics.
Well, I am doing a dual degree in ACS chemistry and professional physics and it will take me 5 years, with a couple of summers. He could probably pull off an added math degree in another year, assuming he is very careful about scheduling, anbd ensures he gets the most overlap between the degrees by choosing electives wisely. I am a junior in chemistry and a sophomore in physics. I will be done in 3 years, and that allows a couple summers to go to another university (University of Indiana, perhaps) to do an REU, which is VERY important if you plan on continuting to graduate school.

But a dual degree in chem and physics gives someone a HUGE advantage when doing research in a field of study near the interface between chem and physics, like physical chemistry.
:tongue:

I'd say go for at least the dual degree in chem and physics, and if you're not sick of undergrad school after 5 years go for the math degree too. But honestly, the math degree isn't REALLY that necessary, but if you want to get the degree, it can't hurt.

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