The Chemistry degree at Penn State Behrend provides four options to make it possible for students to tailor the major to their interests and career goals. Chemistry majors at Penn State Behrend first study the fundamentals of general, organic, and analytical chemistry. Later course work includes physical and inorganic chemistry, chemical instrumentation, and chemical literature, along with biochemistry, spectroscopy, crystallography, and other focused topics.
Chemistry faculty members have broad scientific backgrounds and are committed to excellence in undergraduate education and research. Students are required to participate in scientific research under the direction of a faculty member. This important component of the chemistry major provides students with the preparation and experience necessary for a career in industry or for entry into graduate school.
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 also features 9,000 square feet of newly renovated laboratory space solely for undergraduate learning.