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.
CHEMISTRY, B.S. (54 credits)
Required: CHEM 151, 161, 152, 162, 251, 261, 252, 257, 262, 270, 271, 353, 354, 355, 358, 363, 364, 368, 456, 470, and BCHM 453, 463. In addition to these 42 credits of chemistry, the following courses are required: MATH 270, 271, 272; PH 251 or 258, and 252 or 259 plus 12 credits of approved science/mathematics electives.
Graduates who have met these requirements and at least six semester hours of advanced courses that include sufficient laboratory work to bring total laboratory hours to 500 will be certified as having completed an approved program as determined by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.
CHEMISTRY MAJOR WITH BUSINESS CONCENTRATION (58 credits)
Required: CHEM 151, 161, 152, 162, 251, 261, 252, 257, 262, 270, 271, and eight credits of 300-level or above chemistry electives; ACTG 251; ECON 211, 212; MKTG 360; MGMT 320; CIS 110; three credits from ECON 221; MATH 232 or MATH 422; and nine credits chosen from ACTG 252, 350, 353; FIN 370, 471; MKTG 361, 460, 461, 465; MGMT 321, 324, 420, 425; ECON 310, 351, 361.
SECONDARY EDUCATION, B.S.ED.
Certification for grades 7-12, Chemistry (see under Secondary Education, Chemistry).
CHEMISTRY MINOR (19-20 credits)
Required: CHEM 251, 252, 261, 262, 353, 354, 363, 364, and three to four credits from either CHEM 355; CHEM 358, 368; BCHM 453, 463; or CHEM 456.
The Chemistry Department also offers a cooperative chemical engineering program, a program in secondary education, a pre-pharmacy, and a pre-medicine program.