Chemistry, B.S. (Behrend)

Program Code: CHMBC_BS

Spring 2021 Curricular Update: The program description, entrance requirements, and program requirements detailed on this page are effective beginning Spring 2021. To learn more about what approved curricular changes take effect in Spring 2021, please visit the Changes to the UG Bulletin page. To view the requirements in effect for Fall 2020, please visit the 2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin PDF.

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to the CHMBC major (all options), a student must have: 1) attained at least 29.1 credits; and 2) earned at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.

Spring 2021 Curricular Update: The program description, entrance requirements, and program requirements detailed on this page are effective beginning Spring 2021. To learn more about what approved curricular changes take effect in Spring 2021, please visit the Changes to the UG Bulletin page. To view the requirements in effect for Fall 2020, please visit the 2020-21 Undergraduate Bulletin PDF.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 97

18-24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
CHEM 227Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 358Literature, Conduct and Safety in the Chemical Sciences3
CHEM 413Chemistry of the Elements4
CHEM 431WOrganic and Inorganic Preparations4
CHEM 440Instrumental Analysis3
CHEM 441Instrumental Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 450Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics3
CHEM 451Experimental Physical Chemistry I1
CHEM 452Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM 453Experimental Physical Chemistry II1
CHEM 472General Biochemistry I3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from the following:3
General Biochemistry
Ordinary Differential Equations
Experimental Methods
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Chemical Research
Internship
Independent Studies
Select 6 credits of 400-level CHEM courses (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496)6
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from school approved list. 112

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Periodic Table: The student will understand the importance of the Periodic Table of the Elements, how it came to be, and its role in organizing chemical information.
  2. Integrate Knowledge: The student will understand the interdisciplinary nature of chemistry and to integrate knowledge of mathematics, physics and other disciplines to a wide variety of chemical problems.
  3. Experiment Design: The student will learn the laboratory skills needed to design, safely conduct and interpret chemical research.
  4. Chemical Literature: The student will acquire a foundation of chemistry of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to critically interpret the primary chemical literature.
  5. Communication: The student will develop the ability to effectively communicate scientific information and research results in written and oral formats.
  6. Professionalism: The student will learn professionalism, including the ability to work in teams and apply basic ethical principles.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Mary Grace I. Galinato, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
32 Hammermill
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6004
galinato@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Biochemistry Option: Chemistry, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or 30H3PHYS 211 or BIOL 230W*†4
BIOL 110S*4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 210*3CHEM 212*3
CHEM 227*4CHEM 213*2
PHYS 211 or BIOL 230W*†4PHYS 212*†4
MATH 230*4MATH 250 or STAT 401*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 16.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 450*3CHEM 452*3
CHEM 457*1CHEM 457*1
CHEM 400*1CHEM 440*3
CHEM 316*1CHEM 441*1
CHEM 472*3CHEM 494 or 496*1
ENGL 202C*‡3CAS 1003
General Education Course3BMB 402*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 413*4CHEM 431W*3
CHEM 443*1BMB 403*†1
CHEM 494 or 496*1CHEM 494 or 496*1
CHEM 400 Level Selection*3Biology Elective (BIOL, B M B, MICRB)*3
General Education Course3Supporting Course and Related Areas3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas3General Education Course3
 General Education Course3
 15 17
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a foreign language must complete a college level-one foreign language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester: Some major requirement will be offered only once a year or every other year depending on demand:
Fall only courses include: CHEM 210, CHEM 227, CHEM 316, CHEM 400, CHEM 413, CHEM 450, CHEM 472
Spring only courses include: CHEM 212, CHEM 213, CHEM 431W, CHEM 440, CHEM 452

3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course.
4.) 6 credits of supporting courses are required for the biochemistry option. There are a variety of courses you may choose from. The list given below is not completely inclusive. If there is a new course or a technical course you feel you would like to include under this selection, please speak with your Academic Adviser or the Academic Coordinator.

Supporting Courses List
EDSGN 100S
BIOL 110 or higher
CHNS 1, CHNS 2, CHNS 3
CMPSC any course
CMPEN any course
FR 1, FR 2, FR 3
GER 1, GER 2, GER 3
MATH 200-level or higher
MICRB 201 or MICRB 202
PHYS 213, PHYS 214, PHYS 237, or any 400-level course
PLET 206W or higher
SPAN 1, SPAN 2, SPAN 3
STAT 250 or higher
The following select courses can also be used as a supporting course under the designated CHMBC option.

5.) Non-approved courses - Some courses are not appropriate for a chemistry major and will not count toward degree requirements. These courses include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

Non-approved Courses List
BISC 1, BISC 2, BISC 3
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1, CHEM 3, CHEM 20, CHEM 21, CHEM 101, CHEM 202, CHEM 203
CMPSC 100
ENGL 4, ENGL 5
MATH 1, MATH 2, MATH 4, MATH 37, MATH 38
PHYS 1, PHYS 150, PHYS 151, PHYS 250, PHYS 251
STAT 100

Business Option: Chemistry, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or 30H3PHYS 211*†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
PSU 71 
 16.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 210*3CHEM 212*3
CHEM 227*4CHEM 213*2
PHYS 212*†4ENGL 202D*‡†3
STAT 401 or MATH 2503ECON 102*†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
 17 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 450*3CHEM 440*3
CHEM 457*1CHEM 441*1
CHEM 400*1CHEM 400-Level Course*3
CHEM 472*3CHEM 496*1
CHEM 316*1MGMT 301*3
SCM 200 or STAT 200*4MKTG 301*3
CAS 1003General Education Course3
 16 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 413*4CHEM 431W*3
CHEM 443*1CHEM 496*1
CHEM 496*1Business Course (Elective)3-4
CHEM 400-Level Course*3General Education Course3
Business Course (Elective)3-4Supporting Course and Related Areas3
Business Course (Elective)3-4 
 15-17 13-14
Total Credits 128-131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a foreign language must complete a college level-one foreign language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester: Some major requirement will be offered only once a year or every other year depending on demand:
Fall only courses include: CHEM 210CHEM 227CHEM 316CHEM 400CHEM 413CHEM 450CHEM 472
Spring only courses include: CHEM 212CHEM 213CHEM 431WCHEM 440CHEM 452

3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course.
4.) 6 credits of supporting courses are required for the business option. There are a variety of courses you may choose from. The list given below is not completely inclusive. If there is a new course or a technical course you feel you would like to include under this selection, please speak with your Academic Adviser or the Academic Coordinator.

Supporting Courses List
EDSGN 100S
BIOL 110 or higher
CHNS 1CHNS 2CHNS 3
CMPSC any course
CMPEN any course
FR 1FR 2FR 3
GER 1GER 2GER 3
MATH 200-level or higher
MICRB 201 or MICRB 202
PHYS 213PHYS 214PHYS 237, or any 400-level course
PLET 206W or higher
SPAN 1SPAN 2SPAN 3
STAT 250 or higher
The following select courses can also be used as a supporting course under the designated CHMBC option.

Business Course List
ACCTG 211, 300-499
BA 243
BA 301
BA 303
ECON 104, 300-499
FIN 100, 300-499
Any MIS Course
MGMT 300-499
MKTG 221, 300-499

5.) Non-approved courses - Some courses are not appropriate for a chemistry major and will not count toward degree requirements. These courses include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

Non-approved Courses List
BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 20CHEM 21CHEM 101CHEM 202CHEM 203
CMPSC 100
ENGL 4ENGL 5
MATH 1, MATH 2MATH 4MATH 37MATH 38
PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151PHYS 250PHYS 251
STAT 100

General Chemistry Option: Chemistry, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or 30H3PHYS 211*†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 210*3CHEM 212*3
MATH 230*4CHEM 213*2
CHEM 227*4ENGL 202C*‡3
PHYS 212*†4MATH 250 or STAT 401*3
 General Education Course3
 General Education Course3
 15 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 450*3CHEM 452*3
CHEM 457*1CHEM 457*1
CHEM 400*1CHEM 440*3
CHEM 472*3CHEM 441*1
CHEM 316*1CHEM 494 or 496*1
CAS 1003Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
Supporting Course and Related Areas3Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 413*4CHEM 431W*3
CHEM 443*1CHEM 494 or 496*1
CHEM 494 or 496*1CHEM 400-Level Selection*3
CHEM 400-Level Selection*3General Education Course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas3General Education Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 16
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a foreign language must complete a college level-one foreign language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester: Some major requirement will be offered only once a year or every other year depending on demand:
Fall only courses include: CHEM 210CHEM 227CHEM 316CHEM 400CHEM 413CHEM 450CHEM 472
Spring only courses include: CHEM 212CHEM 213CHEM 431WCHEM 440CHEM 452

3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course.
4.) 12 credits of supporting courses are required for the general option. There are a variety of courses you may choose from. The list given below is not completely inclusive. If there is a new course or a technical course you feel you would like to include under this selection, please speak with your Academic Adviser or the Academic Coordinator.

Supporting Courses List
EDSGN 100S
BIOL 110 or higher
CHNS 1CHNS 2CHNS 3
CMPSC any course
CMPEN any course
FR 1FR 2FR 3
GER 1GER 2GER 3
MATH 200-level or higher
MICRB 201 or MICRB 202
PHYS 213PHYS 214PHYS 237, or any 400-level course
PLET 206W or higher
SPAN 1SPAN 2SPAN 3
STAT 250 or higher
The following select courses can also be used as a supporting course under the designated CHMBC option.

5.) Free Electives - This option has 6-credits that solely your choice. Courses students often choose for these flexible credits are ROTC, credit received for varsity sports, optional recitation courses, i.e. CHEM 108, and any other courses that do not count in any other category.
6.) Non-approved courses - Some courses are not appropriate for a chemistry major and will not count toward degree requirements. These courses include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

Non-approved Courses List
BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 20CHEM 21CHEM 101CHEM 202CHEM 203
CMPSC 100
ENGL 4ENGL 5
MATH 1, MATH 2MATH 4MATH 37MATH 38
PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151PHYS 250PHYS 251
STAT 100

Pre-Education Option: Chemistry, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 112*†3
CHEM 111*†1CHEM 113*†1
MATH 140*†4MATH 141*†4
ENGL 15 or 30H3PHYS 211*†4
PSU 71General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 16.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 210*3CHEM 212*3
CHEM 227*4CHEM 213*2
PHYS 212*†4ENGL 202C*‡3
MATH 230*4MATH 250 or STAT 401*3
 PSYCH 100*†3
 General Education Course3
 15 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 450*3CHEM 452*3
CHEM 457*1CHEM 457*1
CHEM 400*1CHEM 440*3
CHEM 472*3CHEM 441*1
CHEM 316*1CHEM 494 or 496*1
CAS 100A3EDPSY 143
PSYCH 212 or HDFS 1293CI 2951
 Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 413*4CHEM 431W*3
CHEM 443*1CHEM 494 or 496*1
CHEM 494 or 496*1CHEM 395*†1-2
EDTHP 1153CHEM 400-Level Course*3
CI 2951General Education Course3
CHEM 400-Level Selection*3Supporting Courses and Related Areas3
 13 14-15
Total Credits 120-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a foreign language must complete a college level-one foreign language within their first 60 credits.
2.) Scheduling patterns for courses not taught each semester: Some major requirement will be offered only once a year or every other year depending on demand:
Fall only courses include: CHEM 210CHEM 227CHEM 316CHEM 400CHEM 413CHEM 450CHEM 472
Spring only courses include: CHEM 212CHEM 213CHEM 431WCHEM 440CHEM 452

3.) All first-year baccalaureate degree candidates are required to complete, during the first academic year, a seminar course.
4.) 6 credits of supporting courses are required for the chemistry pre-education option. There are a variety of courses you may choose from. The list given below is not completely inclusive. If there is a new course or a technical course you feel you would like to include under this selection, please speak with your Academic Adviser or the Academic Coordinator.

Supporting Courses List
EDSGN 100S
BIOL 110 or higher
CHNS 1CHNS 2CHNS 3
CMPSC any course
CMPEN any course
FR 1FR 2FR 3
GER 1GER 2GER 3
MATH 200-level or higher
MICRB 201 or MICRB 202
PHYS 213PHYS 214PHYS 237, or any 400-level course
PLET 206W or higher
SPAN 1SPAN 2SPAN 3
STAT 250 or higher
The following select courses can also be used as a supporting course under the designated CHMBC option.

Pre-Education Supporting Course List
PSYCH 301W
PSYCH 253
PSYCH 256
PSYCH 445
PSYCH 412
PSYCH 416
PHIL 10

5.) Non-approved courses - Some courses are not appropriate for a chemistry major and will not count toward degree requirements. These courses include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

Non-approved Courses List
BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3
BMB 1
CAS 126
CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 20CHEM 21CHEM 101CHEM 202CHEM 203
CMPSC 100
ENGL 4ENGL 5
MATH 1, MATH 2MATH 4MATH 37MATH 38
PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151PHYS 250PHYS 251
STAT 100

Career Paths

Chemistry is called “the central science” for good reason—it is an incredibly versatile field of study that directly impacts other scientific fields. To help you tailor your degree to your career interests, Penn State Behrend offers four options for study with the degree program: General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Business, and Education. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Chemistry offers a wealth of career options in medicine, energy, industry, consumer goods, materials, academia, and government service. Penn State Behrend’s B.S. in Chemistry graduates currently work as research scientists, product development scientists, field scientists, physicians, pharmacists, consultants, university professors, technical managers, and quality engineers. They are employed at organizations that include NASA, LORD Corporation, PPG, Hero BX, Associated Clinical Laboratories, and Pyramid Laboratories.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE CHEMISTRY PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Chemistry is a foundational major for graduate study in specialized sub-disciplines such as biochemistry, toxicology, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical synthesis, polymer science, and chemical engineering. Chemistry also is a useful undergraduate major for future doctors, veterinarians, physician assistants, and other health care professionals. Penn State Behrend’s B.S. in Chemistry graduates have pursued advanced degrees at universities and colleges across the nation, including University of Michigan, Princeton University, Case Western Reserve University, University of California Irvine, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, University of Kansas, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, among others.

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