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Department of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics


The Department of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics quantifies the world around us with formulas and scientific evidence. These majors help us make sense of our surroundings and help us interact with those surroundings and each other.

The Mathematics degree boasts seasoned mathematicians as faculty, who take pride in training the next generation of math experts. Facilities for the Mathematics department include the Computational Science Laboratory that contains 32 computers and all the software a mathematics major needs such as Mathematica, MatLab, Geometer’s Sketchpad, etc.

The following degrees are offered in this field:

The Chemistry and Biochemistry  degree programs train tomorrow’s chemistry professionals who learn current developments and hands-on experience with modern instrumentation. The moderate size of the department ensures close interaction between students and faculty in classes, seminars and laboratories. The chemistry faculty represents all major sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, and chemical education. The degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with optional American Chemical Society

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry

  • Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a concentration in Business

  • Bachelor of Science Education degree in Secondary Education with Chemistry certification

There also are cooperative engineering agreements with the University of Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve University. Students complete three years at Clarion and two years, upon admission, to Case or Pitt, resulting in a B.S degree in chemistry from Clarion and a degree in engineering from the cooperating school); and a minor in chemistry.

In the Physics program offers hands-on learning is stressed and our students get to use our best equipment.  Our facilities include:

  • a state-of-the-art planetarium

  • a well-equipped laboratory in nanotechnology and material science

  • a small wind tunnel

  • X-ray apparatus

  • lasers

  • a Scanning Electron Microscope

  • a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

  • an Atomic Force Microscope

  • research grade spectrometers and electromagnets

  • several 8-inch telescopes.

Physics students are given the opportunity to conduct research with our faculty, which includes Dr. Vasudeva Aravind, Dr. John Heard, Dr. Chunfei Li, and Dr. Sharon Montgomery.