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Chemistry Program

Clarion University's chemistry programs are oriented toward students seeking a B.S. degree with chemistry as their professional goal. Our programs provide students with a rigorous preparation in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry in a setting that emphasizes knowledge of current developments and hands-on experience with modern instrumentation. A B.S. in chemistry opens the door to a wide range of career pathways in industry, government, academia, health care, and business. Alumni of the chemistry programs have completed graduate studies in chemistry at many major universities across the country, earned professional degrees in medicine or pharmacy, and are employed in a diverse array of companies.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers:

  • a B.S. degree in chemistry with optional American Chemical Society certification (ACS certification requires completion of at least six hours of advanced courses, including sufficient laboratory work to bring total laboratory hours to 500);
  • a B.S. degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry;
  • a B.S. degree in chemistry with a concentration in business;
  • a B.S.Ed. degree in secondary education with chemistry certification;
  • cooperative engineering agreements with the University of Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve University (students complete three years at Clarion and two years, upon admission, to Case or Pitt, resulting in a B.S degree in chemistry from Clarion and a degree in engineering from the cooperating school); and
  • a minor in chemistry.

For students interested in the health professions, Clarion offers pre-professional concentrations that complement the chemistry degree. In these programs, pre-health advisors mentor students preparing for professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and optometry. Clarion graduates are also prepared for many other post-baccalaureate health career programs such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or physician assistant programs. Accelerated and early decision programs are offered in affiliation with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for both medicine (3+4 or 4+4 programs) and pharmacy (2+3 or 3+3 programs), and with Logan College of Chiropractic (3+3 program). Selected students complete 2-4 years of preparatory coursework at Clarion and can then matriculate at LECOM or Logan to earn their respective doctoral degrees. For more information, visit

The moderate size of the department ensures close interaction between students and faculty in classes, seminars, and laboratories. The personal, caring atmosphere fosters an environment that encourages both intellectual growth and academic achievement. The chemistry faculty represent all major sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, and chemical education. Students have opportunities to conduct chemical research with faculty and to complete internships at various sites, both locally and nationally. Our student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is an active and busy group that has received multiple awards from the national ACS organization for the quality of its programming.