Susquehanna University Department of Chemistry – See where our graduates have landed:  Eli Lilly and Company, National Institutes of Health, Cornell University, Merck & Co., and more
$1 million of highly specialized instrumentation  |  Full access to research facilities starting year one


Solid grounding in the sciences through a liberal arts education. Broad understanding of how the sciences interact with and are influenced by history, music, philosophy and literature. This is what you’ll experience at Susquehanna!

Looking at chemistry from a variety of perspectives is essential for success, and our curriculum design will give you opportunities to pursue other interests. Our faculty members believe strongly in developing well-rounded students, and will help you balance athletics, internships, study abroad or a second major or minor with your degree.

Most courses during your first year will be taught in a team-intensive style, which encourages active participation and collaborative learning opportunities. At Susquehanna, our faculty will help you be competitive in the marketplace by assisting you to secure an internship, apply to graduate school or land your first job. You will graduate with the expertise you’d expect to attain once you’re in graduate school.

Susquehanna Advantages

Solid career preparation: Undergo rigorous training to develop the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills you’ll need to be successful—no matter what career field you enter after college. More »  

Research opportunities: Conduct independent research and collaborate with faculty throughout your academic career. More »

State-of-the-art facilities: Learn in our LEED Silver-certified, 81,000-square-foot Natural Sciences Center with full access to more than $1 million of instrumentation, including a full suite of lasers, spectrometers and superconducting NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)—and at Susquehanna you won’t have to compete with graduate students for lab time! More »

Fast Facts

  • Nearly all of our bio majors conduct yearlong research with faculty and present their research findings at scientific conferences and professional meetings.
  • Students can take advantage of numerous opportunities for faculty and peer research collaborations at all levels and time of year, including the Summer Research Partners Program.
  • Students have full access to modern science facilities and equipment primarily housed in the LEED Silver-certified, Natural Sciences Center.
  • Accessible field research facilities include the on-campus Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the 400-acre George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha, located 35 minutes away.
  • Learn in an environment that emphasizes workshop teaching, team-based learning and peer tutoring opportunities. This teaching style employs best practices in science education and encourages a collaborative rather than competitive research environment.
  • Benefit from small class sizes, which allow you to develop close, mentoring relationships with professors.
  • Students begin hands-on research in their first semester. From experimental design to data collection and analysis to opportunities to present at professional conferences, you will have the key research experiences you need to prepare for future and graduate and professional school and employment opportunities.


Chemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.A.)





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