Chemistry - BS

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    Candice Garber of Brunswick, OH, a 2016 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry

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    Program Contact: Dr. Francis M. Mulcahy

    Like mixing things up in the lab? Do you enjoy finding out what something is made of? It's all about chemistry, you know. And that's where our major in chemistry comes in. 

    As a chemistry student, you'll work with the latest equipment and software. Equipment  like the Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectrometer. It provides a “fingerprint” identification for unknown compounds. You'll get to use Wave Function software for Computational Chemistry that visualizes the structure of complex molecules. You can also write and present research findings at national meetings. Maybe you'll get it published. 

    With your chemistry degree you'll have lots of career options. You can go to work at places like American Refining Group, Bristol Meyers-Squibb or Eli Lilly. Or, you can go to graduate school. Our graduates have gone on to Penn State University, Indiana University and the University of Nebraska. 

    What you can do with a degree in Chemistry. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements in the Major

    Chemistry upper-level electives - 6-8 Credits

    Credits: 42-43

    Other required courses

    Credits: 22

    Total credits required for the major: 64-65

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Mulcahy Francis

    Dr. Francis Mulcahy

    Director of Chemistry Program, Associate Professor of Chemistry


    203E Fisher Hall


    Dr. Jon Draeger

    Associate Professor of Chemistry


    203G Fisher Hall

    Robbins Andrea

    Ms. Andrea Robbins

    Instructor of Chemistry


    235F Swarts Hall

    Soriano Dave

    Dr. David Soriano

    Associate Professor of Chemistry


    203H Fisher Hall

    Sadowsky, Daniel

    Dr. Daniel Sadowsky

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry


    203F Fisher Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Associate lab technician, Halliburton, Montgomery, PA
    • Lab technician at GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA
    • Laboratory technician at American Refining Group in Bradford, PA 
    Graduate School:
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Buffalo
    • Lake Erie (PA) College of Osteopathic Medicine