Our Mission Statement
The Chemistry Department provides a foundation for students who have a wide variety of career goals in the sciences and allied health fields. Therefore, we design the introductory general chemistry, and the second-year organic chemistry courses to fulfill the needs of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and other majors. We maintain a well-balanced curriculum that is rigorous, includes all the major subdisciplines (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry), and offers a wide variety of specialized upper-level courses. We encourage scientific inquiry in the classroom and laboratory by proffering questions that require hands-on experiences with modern scientific equipment, and also challenge students to think and write critically about chemical principles. We encourage students to participate in collaborative research with faculty during the academic year and the summer session. Finally, we maintain American Chemical Society certification in both chemistry and biochemistry, and we support majors seeking Pennsylvania teacher certification in chemistry and environmental science.