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Chemistry Programs

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The chemistry major allows for a Bachelor of Science (BS) and several concentrations are available. Additionally, minors in chemistry and biochemistry are available.

All chemistry majors will take a comprehensive examination in their junior year at a time and place designated by the department. A satisfactory performance in all areas of this examination is a requirement for departmental recommendation and ACS certification.

The undergraduate catalog details specific program requirements.


Chemistry, B.S. - This program is designed for students who are interested in technical careers in industry, government, or graduate work in chemistry.

Biochemistry Concentration B.S. - Students seeking a preparation in biochemistry science may elect the biochemistry concentration within the chemistry program, which is designed to prepare students for careers or graduate study in biochemistry and meets the recommended guidelines of both the American Society of Biological Chemists and the American Chemical Society.

Forensics Concentration, B.S. - This concentration prepares a would-be chemist for the possibility of pursuing a career in the forensic sciences.

Medical Sciences Concentration, B.S. - The medical sciences program is an academic preparation for individuals who want to attend medical, dental, or veterinary school.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, B.S. - This concentration is designed for students seeking a preparation towards a degree in a field related to pharmacy.

Secondary Certification, B.S. - This certification is for students interested in teaching chemistry in Pennsylvania secondary schools.


Biochemistry Minor - The biochemistry minor requires the completion of 24-28 credits.

Chemistry Minor - The chemistry minor requires the completion of 23-27 credits.

Contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

327 Franklin Science Center 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1629 Fax: (717) 477-4048