Jun 20, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry (BS) and Optional Concentrations

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Chemistry Department

A chemistry major studies the chemical properties of substances in order to develop the ability to make discoveries and to solve the vast array of problems associated with existing technologies.  Four programs of study leading to a bachelor of science degree and one leading to a bachelor of arts degree are available.  The bachelor of arts program allows students to choose more elective courses in order to link chemistry with some other interest such as marketing/sales or patent law.  The bachelor of science programs  in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry and general chemistry prepare students for postgraduate education and careers in industry, government, medicine and education.  Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU.  All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that chemists must have.

The science and math course requirements taken during the first two years in our programs are almost identical.  Consequently, students do not have to choose a specific specialization until their junior year.

A pharmacy option in the biochemistry program enables students to take advantage of a 3 + 3 affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Pharmacy.  Admission to the three-year pharmacy part of the program is competitive (see Pre-professional Programs).

All of our students are strongly encouraged to do research under the direction of one of our faculty.  Three laboratories exist solely for student research, and student/faculty research is supported by modern analytical instrumentation in our spectroscopy and chromatography laboratories. 

SRU graduates perform research and development at large corporations and small companies.  Others are high school teachers and university professors.  Some eventually move into careers in management or sales. Many have completed postgraduate programs in chemistry, engineering, medicine and other science related areas.  The chemistry faculty at Slippery Rock University help students develop career goals that match their interests and this is reflected in the wide variety of careers our graduates pursue.

Natural Science & Mathematics College-Wide Requirement - Credits: 12

Required Courses for the Chemistry (BS) – Credits: 52

Required Introductory Chemistry Courses - Credits: 4

Additional In-Depth Chemistry Courses - Credits: 4

Choose one lecture and one laboratory course from below:

Cognate Courses - Credits: 8


Optional Biochemistry Concentration - Credits: 16

Students with a biochemistry concentration take additional courses in chemistry and biology focusing on techniques most useful in biochemistry, pharmacy, and medical-related fields. SRU has a 3+3 affiliation with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Pharmacy (LECOM) leading to a B.S. in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration after successful completion of three years at SRU and one year at LECOM. A doctor of pharmacy is earned upon completion of the program at LECOM.

Optional Computational Chemistry Concentration - Credits: 26

Advances in genetics and molecular biology, and the impetus of the genome project, has generated a need for using computational sciences to understand biochemical processes. The proposed concentration is to prepare students in the interdisciplinary area of BioInformatics consisting of coursework from biology, computer science, chemistry and mathematics. The concentration in BioInformatics will allow students to either obtain jobs or pursue graduate school in the areas of bioinformatics, cellular and systems biology, genomics and proteomics, molecular structural biology, biochemistry, drug discovery, drug design, protein structure, gene finding and genome assembly to name a few.

Optional Environmental Chemistry Concentration - Credits: 16

The environmental concentration includes air and water quality assessment and geochemistry courses that prepare students specifically for analysis of air, water, and soil samples. These courses cover standard concepts and procedures performed by those working for environmental protection agencies and consulting firms.

Optional Forensic Chemistry Concentration - Credits: 19

The forensics concentration includes a variety of biology courses as well as “Forensics Analysis lecture” and lab which provide theory and hands-on experience for forensic-related careers. Students with this concentration also take “Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Investigations.”

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