Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry is the study of matter (anything that has mass and occupies space) and the changes it undergoes. Most changes in matter are accompanied by changes in energy. Chemistry is part of everyday life. We practice chemistry when we cook, drive our cars, and take medicine. If you possess a curiosity about our physical world and a desire to improve the quality of life, consider a major in chemistry.
Shippensburg University's undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry program is challenging and demanding. It requires a sound foundation in scientific fundamentals and methods as well as strong mathematical and communication skills. High school students can prepare by taking as many courses as possible in science, mathematics, writing, and computer skills.
Shippensburg University's undergraduate chemistry program is challenging and demanding. It requires a sound foundation in scientific fundamentals and methods as well as strong mathematical and communication skills. High school students can prepare by taking as many courses as possible in science, mathematics, writing, and computer skills.
Each of our faculty members holds a doctorate from a major university, and is noted as an excellent teacher who is focused on student learning. Class sizes are small, and we are proud of our accessibility in and out of the classroom. Students who study in Ship's undergraduate chemistry program have the opportunity to undertake research to obtain experience in individual scientific investigation. To prepare students to achieve any career goal, we provide a solid background in all areas of chemistry:
Currently in demand, chemistry majors can expect a wide variety of career choices with good salaries and low unemployment rates. Immediately after graduation, approximately half of our students enter industry, business, or government agencies where employment usually involves laboratory testing or research. Examples are:
- Environmental analysis
Opportunities do not stop here because half of the chemists employed in these areas are involved in management, production, sales, and marketing.
Some of our students complement the undergraduate chemistry degree with a teaching certificate and pursue careers in secondary education. We encourage our students to take additional courses in business, computer science, environmental science, foreign languages, and other disciplines to build skills that complement their degree in Chemistry. Others use their strong chemical background in nontraditional areas such as:
- Science writing
- Scientific computing
- Mass communications
- Library and information science
A chemistry degree from Shippensburg University also provides access to graduate and professional schools. Half of our students pursue an advanced education. They enroll in programs that lead to careers in university teaching and research, toxicology, forensics, patent and environmental law, as well as health-related professions such as medicine and dentistry.
Annual salaries in PA in chemistry-related jobs range from $30,000 to $71,000.
To graduate with a major in chemistry, you need to complete 39 credits of courses that make up the core curriculum as well as other courses that lead to a bachelor's of science.
To minor in chemistry you are required to take 23-27 credits.
See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the option of three different concentrations and with secondary certification. Students can choose:
- Biochemistry Concentration-prepares students for careers or graduate study in biochemistry or for application to medical, dental, or veterinary school.
- Forensics Concentration-includes courses in biology and criminal justice to prepare students for master's programs in forensic science and careers in the forensic chemistry field.
- Pre-Pharmacy Concentration-prepares students for application to a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) program.
- Secondary Certification-for students interested in teaching chemistry in Pennsylvania secondary schools.
Shippensburg University offers a program of study in chemistry approved by the American Chemical Society.
The Chemistry Club is a group of students who share a passion for Chemistry. One or more faculty advisors and four elected student officers lead this group of students. There are a lot of great educational and leisure activities for members to enjoy while making a difference around campus and the surrounding area. Best of all, funds are acquired through fundraisers so membership is free. Overall, it is a great opportunity to expand your leadership and to use your knowledge in Chemistry to help others.