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Chemistry & Biochemistry


Chemistry Office

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.

The chemistry and biochemistry department also offers a cooperative chemical engineering program, a program in secondary education, a pre-pharmacy, and a pre-medicine program.



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.  

Degrees offered include:
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Co-op
Master of Science in Education in Secondary Mathematics

Additional program offered:
Mathematics, minor

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.



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. 

Clarion University offers several degree options to prepare you for graduate school or a career in industry, government laboratories, and education:

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. Our faculty members include Dr. Vasudeva Aravind, Dr. John Heard, Dr. Chunfei Li and Dr. Sharon Montgomery.

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 research