There are opportunities in industry, basic education and high schools

Lab tests and teaching practices are strong points of the major

A chemist is a professional qualified for carrying out researches, tests, and analysis related to substances compositions, properties, and transformations. UNESP offers a Bachelor`s degree in Chemistry, a Bachelor`s degree in Chemistry with a Technology Qualification, a Bachelor`s degree in Environmental Chemistry, and a Teaching program in Chemistry.

The Bachelor`s degree program qualifies students for working in the productive sector and in research centers. In this case, this professional may work in several industries: chemistry, food, fuels, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals, among others.

The Teaching program in Chemistry tries to qualify either chemistry teachers to work in high school levels or general science teachers to work in basic education levels. Apart from teaching, the Teaching program applier may also work in the productive sector, carrying out the same activities a Bachelor`s degree applier would.

A Chemistry graduate, both the Teaching program and the Bachelor`s degree appliers, may enroll in a post-graduation course afterwards. At UNESP, four campuses offer a Chemistry major. In Araraquara, the major is offered in three modalities: Teaching program, Bachelor`s degree, and Bachelor`s degree with a Technology Qualification. The first option has its classes only at night, and the other two have their classes in the morning and the evening. In 2011, the appliers of the three modalities were evaluated by ENADE (the National Exam of Student Performance), and they obtained 4, 4 and 5 out of 5, respectively. Besides, since 2005 the major have been obtaining a five-star score in the evaluation promoted by the publishing house Editora Abril.

In case students choose the Bachelor`s degree, they will be granted a very thorough education, which will allow them to specialize in one of the many branches of Chemistry, either in the productive sector or in the educational one. The Bachelor`s degree with a Technology Qualification is able to work with industrial processes, development and practical application of chemical processes. The teaching and research labs, where students may engage in practical internships and scientific initiation projects, are provided with state-of-the-art equipment. The graduates may also:

i) engage in side projects related to scientific dissemination and formal and non-formal teaching; ii) attend business classes and take part in the junior enterprise, which will be a preparation for their professional future; and iii) take part in student exchange programs.

ii) The Teaching program in Chemistry and the Bachelor`s degree in Environmental Chemistry that are offered in Bauru are intended to provide students with enough skills so they may stand out in the job market, since they may work as teachers or in activities related to the chemical industry in general. The set of qualifications of the major is determined according to the regulation number 36 stipulated by the CFQ (the Federal Council of Chemistry) in 04/25/1974.

In Presidente Prudente, the Teaching program in Chemistry qualifies professional to teach in basic education and engage in industrial activities not related to production. A great set of lab facilities ensure the infrastructure needed for experimental classes. Another outstand feature of the major is the geographic position of the campus. The city is a very important center in the west region of the state of São Paulo, also being very significant for the south region of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and for the north of the state of Paraná. It lacks professionals for the industrial sector and for the teaching area.

The campus located in São José do Rio Preto offers the Chemistry major in two modalities: the Teaching program in Chemistry and the Bachelor`s degree in Environmental Chemistry. Students may choose after the first year. The Teaching program appliers may work in public and private schools, both in basic education and high school levels. Moreover, they will be able to work in many other areas related to chemistry, according to the CFQ.

The Bachelor`s degree in Environmental Chemistry applier will be trained to deal mostly with chemical processes that take place in the environment. These phenomena may be natural or inflicted by men, and may compromise the human health or the natural balance of the environment. This is a multidisciplinary science, that may involve not only basic areas of chemistry, but also biology, geology, ecology, sanitary engineering, and toxicology, among other fields.

This specialization is intended to find out about the chemical principles involved in the different environmental systems (waters, atmosphere, biosphere) and the changes caused by human action, such as water, soil, and atmospheric pollution. The Bachelor’s degree applier may work with the environmental monitoring of companies, in the management of environmental protection measures, and with environmental preservation. They may also be responsible for establishing corrective measures that meet the legislation.

With that in mind, it`s correct to state that this professional has a very wide range of job perspectives ahead. Companies, laboratories, and governmental organizations responsible for controlling and verifying the pollution standards established by legislation are the most common employers. At the same time, industries of the chemical, metallurgical, and agribusiness sectors, for instance, have been requiring these specialists for research and development of methods and products. These professionals may also work controlling the emission of pollutants.

Among other qualifications, an environmental chemistry is able to carry out inspections and evaluations, besides preparing sentences, appraisals, and certificates. They can also take technical responsibility for supervising, programming, coordinating, and orienting inside an organization, providing these activities don`t involve large scale production.

Students may interact with colleagues that also deal with environmental resources, such as students from Biological Sciences, Food Engineering, and Biological Physics. Students may also carry out scientific initiation projects in the labs of the campus or in other institutions, besides practical internships in companies an public organizations. They can

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Araraquara Morning and Afternoon 50 (Bachelor`s degree/TQ 1 ) 5 (Bachelor's degree) 4 (TQ 1) years
Evening 30 (Teaching program) 5 years
Bauru Evening 40 2 5 years
Presidente Prudente Evening  40 (Teaching program) 5 years
São José do Rio Preto Morning and Afternoon 50 (Bachelor`s degree/Teaching program) 3 4 years

1 - TQ = Technological Qualification
2 - Bachelor`s degree in Technological Environmental Chemistry - 5 years and Teaching program in Chemistry - 4,5 years
3 - Bachelor`s degree in Environmental Chemistry and Teaching Program in Chemistry.


Instituto de Química - IQ
R. Prof. Francisco Degni, s/no – CP 355
Araraquara – SP – CEP 14800-900
Phone: (55) 16 3301-6600
Fax: (55) 16 3301-6692


Faculdade de Ciências - FC

Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 1401
Bauru - SP - CEP 17033-360
Phone:(55) 14 3103-6000
Fax:(55) 14 3103-6071


Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT
Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Presidente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391


Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas - IBILCE
Rua Cristóvão Colombo, 2265
15054-000 - São José do Rio Preto, SP
Phone: (17) 32212200