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2023 Chemistry Popularity

There are about 59,322 students enrolled in Chemistry in the USA.

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Chemistry is the 34th most popular degree in America, with 15,395 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #35 Civil Engineering, and narrowly lost to #33 Music.

The degree is offered at a total of 1,172 colleges across the nation, and is the 10th most widely offered degree. Given that chemistry is offered at 94% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that one in two colleges offering chemistry are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most chemistry graduates, largely led by University of Florida, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Irvine.

All that being said, no individual school produces more chemistry graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 247 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study chemistry). More students studied chemistry as a percentage of total students at Xavier University of Louisiana than any other college.

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