Chemistry is the study of the properties and behavior of matter, which provides an important understanding of our world and how it works. A chemistry degree is a powerful springboard which can launch you into a fascinating and rewarding career. A bachelor's-level graduate in chemistry is able to assume a variety of positions in industry, government, or academia. Students can elect to complete a B.S. with a major in chemistry, or a more extensive major resulting in a B.S. in chemistry certified by the American Chemical Society. Other options available to students include certification to teach secondary school chemistry, a cooperative program in chemical engineering, a B.S. in chemistry with a business minor, and a minor in chemistry.
The Clarion University chemistry curriculum, approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, provides a strong foundation for further studies at the graduate level or a career in the chemical industry. The program provides students with a rigorous introduction to the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. The curriculum emphasizes experience with modern chemical instrumentation, current developments in chemistry, independent chemical research, and professional growth.
The department is small, which allows for a personal, caring atmosphere and an environment that encourages both intellectual growth and academic achievement.
The chemistry and biochemistry department also offers a cooperative chemical engineering program, a program in secondary education, a pre-pharmacy, and a pre-medicine program.