Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Gain a career advantage with PennWest’s top undergraduate program in Chemistry.

In today’s world economy, there’s a great demand for individuals trained in chemistry, a foundational science that opens the doors to opportunities in a wide range of fields. In PennWest’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program, you will be well prepared for whatever the future holds, whether you pursue immediate employment in the private or public sector or go on to earn an advanced degree.

Delve into the exciting science of chemistry. Study the nature and structure of matter and the transformations that take place during chemical reactions. Explore the fundamental concepts of atomic and molecular structure, function and reactivity that create materials that make up everyday life. Conduct experiments in state-of-the-art labs using nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopies, high performance liquid chromatography and other advanced instruments.

You’ll learn under the guidance of expert faculty who will become your mentors. They are focused on student research and help you will develop critical and independent thinking, enjoy a collegial exchange of ideas and knowledge and learn the value of high ethical standards.  

Required courses expand your knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics. Your program culminates with a capstone experience, a year of laboratory research with a faculty advisor and the opportunity to present your research findings at national scientific meetings.

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Credits: 120

Marc Sylvester

Fully Accredited

Accreditation through the American Chemical Society (ACS) ensures top-quality curriculum and laboratory experiences.

Networking Opportunities

With regional and national chapters of the ACS and the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pitcon), the largest scientific conference in the world.

High-tech Labs

Equipped with state-of-the art materials, supplies and instruments.

Chemistry (no concentration)
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Careers and Salaries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be about 8,200 job openings for chemists and materials scientists each year over the next decade. While a bachelor’s degree in chemistry is needed for most jobs, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is required for research jobs in the field.

With your undergraduate degree in chemistry from PennWest, you will have the training you need to obtain entry-level positions as industrial chemists in the private or government sectors, as technical writers or as industrial sales personnel, as teachers or management in certain firms, or to advance your education in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or the law.

Possible career paths include:

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bio- and Nanotechnology
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Health and Safety
  • Secondary Education
  • Plant Medicinal Chemistry
  • Technical Sales and Marketing
  • Chemical Engineering

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will use chemical theory to produce rationale for chemical reactivity.
  2. Students will apply quantitative reasoning to scientific data, to interpret experimental results and draw conclusions.
  3. Students will maintain accurate and structured records of experimental work using standard scientific format.
  4. Students will develop laboratory knowledge, technique, and instrumentation skills.
  5. Students will analyze experimental and instrumentation data, interpret experimental results, and draw conclusions.
  6. Students will sustain a commitment to safety in the laboratory.
  7. Students will be able to use electronic databases to search and access primary literature.
  8. Students will be able to use personal productivity software to create written reports and visual aids.
  9. Students will generate written reports that reflect the accepted style, conventions, and standards of the discipline of chemistry.
  10. Students will compose and deliver effective oral presentations in a professional manner.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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