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Why Study Chemistry?

Penn State Behrend’s chemistry program can be tailored to suit specific career interests. Several options are available within the chemistry major including general chemistry, biochemistry, business, and chemistry education precertification.

Why earn your chemistry degree at Penn State Behrend?

  • The Penn State Behrend chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society. A bachelor’s degree from an ACS approved program serves as national recognition of successful completion of a broad-based and rigorous chemistry curriculum.
  • The Chemistry program features 9,000 square feet of newly renovated laboratory space solely for undergraduate learning. The space includes new ventilation systems, secured and ventilated storage space, multi-media capabilities, a dedicated space for advanced chemistry, and a laboratory with more than $500,000 in modern instrumentation.
  • Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
  • Faculty typically have doctorates or significant experience in the chemistry field. Lectures and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students.
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects. Research helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and students often comment on how much better they understand what has been taught in the classroom now that they are actually applying their knowledge to answer questions. Students with research experience have a very competitive edge upon graduation whether the student is interested in applying for jobs or graduate or professional schools.
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