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Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.


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 that 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 complete a B.S. in chemistry, or a more extensive major resulting in a B.S. in chemistry certified by the American Chemical Society. Other options include a B.S. in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration, certification to teach secondary school chemistry, a cooperative program in chemical engineering, a B.S. in chemistry with a pre-
MBA path, or just 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.

 


Degree Outcomes

Chemistry (B.S.) Degree Outcomes

  1. A graduate of this program will be able to demonstrate effective command of fundamental chemical concepts and application of those concepts to solve chemical problems.

  2. A graduate of this program will understand the theory and operation of chemical instrumentation. In addition, graduates will have a practical level of ability in the evaluation and interpretation of data obtained from these instruments.

  3. A graduate of this program will be able to effectively communicate in a scientifically appropriate style.

 

Chemistry (B.S. – Biochemistry concentration) Degree Outcomes

  1. A graduate of this program will be able to demonstrate effective command of fundamental chemical concepts and application of those concepts to solve chemical problems.

  2. A graduate of this program will understand the theory of biochemical techniques used in modern clinical and research labs. In addition, graduates will have a practical level of ability in the evaluation and interpretation of data obtained from these techniques.

  3. A graduate of this program will be able to effectively communicate in a scientifically appropriate style.

 


Requirements

CHEMISTRY, B.S. (68 credits)
Required: CHEM 151, 161, 152, 162, 251, 261, 252, 257, 262,
270, 271, 353, 354, 355, 358, 363, 364, 368, 456, and 470. In
addition to these 40 credits of chemistry, the following courses are
required: MATH 270, 271; PH 251 or 258, and 252 or 259; plus
12 credits of approved science/mathematics electives. Graduates
who have met the above requirements and would like to earn a
degree certified by the American Chemical Society must also take
BCHM 453 and 463 and complete 500 total laboratory hours.

 

CHEMISTRY MAJOR WITH BIOCHEMISTRY CONCENTRATION, B.S. (68 credits)
CHEM 151, 161, 152, 162, 251, 261, 252, 262, 353,
354, 358, 363, 364, 368, and BCHM 453, 463. In addition to these
credits of chemistry, the following courses are required: MATH
270, 271; PH 251 or 258, and 252 or 259; and BIOL 155, 165,
201, 203, 483

 

SECONDARY EDUCATION, B.S.ED.
Certification for grades 7-12, Chemistry (see under Secondary Education, Chemistry).

 

CHEMISTRY MINOR (19-20 credits)
Required: CHEM 251, 252, 261, 262, 353, 354, 363, 364, and
three to four credits from either CHEM 355; CHEM 358, 368;
BCHM 453, 463; or CHEM 265.
The Chemistry Department also offers a cooperative chemical engineering program, a program in secondary education, and pre-professional programs in pre-pharmacy, medicine, and business.