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Active-learning. Faculty mentorship. Hands-on research from day one. State-of-the-art instrumentation. All in a supportive, inclusive environment that students can call home. It’s this distinctive combination of characteristics that sets the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry apart from other programs. Here, you’ll be guided at every turn by faculty experts and your fellow majors, who will challenge you to think critically and reflectively about the natural and physical world. It’s not uncommon for our undergraduates to publish scientific work in peer-reviewed journals or present at national meetings. These student-driven experiences result in graduates ready to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, in the field or in prestigious graduate programs.
Bachelor of Science Chemistry
This program is for students who are interested in advanced graduate degrees or employment as a chemist in the chemical/pharma industry immediately upon graduation. Every student will receive at least 400 hours of hands-on work in the teaching laboratory. Additional opportunities are available for students who are interested in undergraduate research.
Bachelor of Science Biochemistry
This program is excellent preparation for students who are interested in research and advanced study, employment in the biotech/pharma industry, or for those who may be interested in the health professions. Students will combine introductory courses in chemistry and biology with advanced lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry. Opportunities also exist to conduct original research with a faculty member.
Bachelor of Arts Chemistry
This degree program is more flexible than our B.S. degrees, with fewer required courses in chemistry. This enables students to tailor their curriculum to meet their individual needs. Students frequently use this option if they plan to double major in another discipline, if they are interested in the health professions, or wish to combine a science degree with more focused offerings at PC, such as the Business Innovation minor.
Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education – Chemistry
This degree program is designed for students who want to teach chemistry at the high school level. Courses for the B.A. in Chemistry are combined with specialized courses in Education and a student teaching component to prepare students to become effective chemistry teachers.
Our distinguished faculty members have work published in leading scientific journals and nationally recognized publications and have earned terminal degrees from the countries top research universities, including Cornell, Illinois, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, University of Califronia San Diego, and UPenn.
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Chemistry and Biochemistry
By the Numbers
in grant money awarded over the past decade.
publications published with PC undergraduates over the past decade
accreditations by professional societies (ACS and ASBMB)
students involved in paid summer research over the past four years.
hours of laboratory training conducted by every graduating senior.
percent of graduates employed and/or in advanced schooling within six-months.
Eddie Martucci’s Mind Games
On paper, Eddie Martucci is a biochemist. He earned three degrees – a bachelor’s from PC and a master’s and Ph.D. from Yale – all in biochemistry. But in practice, Martucci is a Renaissance man of sorts – an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and scientist who combines seemingly dissimilar specialties to create biomedical breakthroughs.
Read more about Martucci’s achievements and thoughts about how PC prepared him for his career.
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Combining your chemistry or biochemistry degree with the broad-based liberal arts education we offer at PC will prepare you for an increasingly diverse set of career options, a rapidly changing economy, and a highly competitive job market.
of 2018-2022 chemistry and biochemistry graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school
are employed only
are attending school only
are employed and attending school
Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.
Selected Places of Employment/Service
Charm Sciences, Inc.
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Institutes of Health
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Wave Life Sciences
Selected Graduate Schools
Colorado State University
Drexel College of Medicine
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
University of California-San Diego
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania