Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, & Physics
New merit scholarship programs are available to recognize the academic achievement of high school seniors entering Clarion.
Office is located - 389 Science & Technology Center (STC) Open - 8 am - 4 pm
Phone number 814 393 2281 Fax 814 393 2004
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 also offers a cooperative chemical engineering program, a program in secondary education, a pre-pharmacy, and a pre-medicine program.
CHEMISTRY FACULTY: Mr. Jesse Alden Dr. Joyce Overly
Dr. Daniel Clark Ms. Darlene Sharrar
Dr. Jacqueline Knaust Dr. Jonathan Touster
Dr. Eric Lewis
Dr. Amanda Lockwood
Office is located - 189 Science & Technology Center Open - 8 am - 4 pm
Phone number 814 393 2592 Fax 814 393 2735
The world is shaped by math from basic addition at the checkout counter to advanced equations in engineering plans. And the future is bright for those who wish to gain a degree in Mathematics at Clarion University.
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Cooperative Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics
- Master of Science in Secondary Education, Mathematics
- Minor in Mathematics
- Minor in Mathematics/Statistics
Mathematics Placement - Incoming freshmen at Clarion Campus are placed into their first college mathematics course based on the high school mathematics courses and grades in addition to the SAT and ACT mathematics score. This placement is determined during the Orientation process.
Incoming freshman at Venango College are given a mathematics placement exam to determine the appropriate mathematics course.
Cooperative Engineering - The Bachelor's of Science in Engineering is a Cooperative three/two program. Typically
students spend their first three years at Clarion completing their required general
education, mathematics, and physics courses. The students then transfer to a cooperating
engineering school (like the University of Pittsburgh) for the final two years to
complete their required engineering courses.
MATH FACULTY: Dr. Jon Beal Dr. Dana Madison
Dr. Dipendra Bhattacharya Ms. Marcella McConnell
Dr. Karen Bolinger Dr. Michael McConnell
Dr. Carey Childers Dr. Kate Overmoyer
Dr. Duane Farnsworth Dr. Adam Roberts
Dr. Stepehen Gendler Dr. Daniel Shifflet
Dr. David Hipfel Ms. Tonya Stewart
Ms. Nancy Hoeft Ms. Paula Williams
Ms. Beth Jackson
Dr. Stephen Johnson
Office is located - 189 Science & Technology Center (stc) Open - 8 am - 4 pm
Phone number 814 393 2571 Fax 814 393 2735
Today's world is changeable. Most people change jobs, even careers, at least half a dozen times during their lives. It is increasingly important that you graduate with a toolbox that enables you to do many different things. With a degree in physics, you demonstrate that you are armed with logic, critical thinking, and sharp cognitive ability, all skills that potential employers value enormously. At Clarion University, you will learn to think creatively, use mathematics and the scientific method of investigation to study the world we live in, and learn to effectively communicate your ideas.
The physics department supports many degree options using state-of-the-art facilities including telescopes and research-grade microscopes. Students will be given the opportunity to conduct research with faculty in fully-equipped laboratories.
Besides the Physics Department office and standard classrooms, we also offer
- a study area for physics students
- a Computer-Based Teaching Laboratory for introductory physics
- an upper-level laboratories in electronics, microscopy and nanotechnology
- an upper-level laboratory for students
- a machine shop, and several stockrooms
- a state-of-the-art planetarium
- an upper-level research lab in plasma physics
- a computer laboratory for astrophysics
Dr. Chunfei Li has had more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has received six National Science Foundation grants – four of which Li received while teaching at Clarion University.