Bachelor of Science

Students in lab working under fume hood

The chemistry and biochemistry program is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. This chemistry program continues the proud tradition at PSU of rigorous academic preparation of students for a variety of career options.

The program includes innovative activity-based learning in small classroom settings. Faculty teach all our lab classes, not graduate students. Chemistry lab sections range from 10 to approximately 20 students in upper level courses. Integration of chemistry majors within the program provides opportunities for students to work closely with faculty and staff as teaching assistants, tutors, and laboratory preparers.

PSU student working with microscopeThe BS in Biochemistry follows guidelines established by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). With a focus on the chemical processes within living systems, biochemists use chemical knowledge and techniques to understand and address biological problems. The program includes an undergraduate research experience and prepares students for admission to graduate and professional schools, particularly in the medical field, as well as employment as professional chemists in the rapidly growing fields of biochemistry and biotechnology.

This exciting program is housed in the Boyd Science Center which includes state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. A chemistry student center is available for tutoring and student interaction.