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Chemistry

The Study of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry. The study of chemistry focuses on the elements of matter, their composition, reactivity and interaction. It plays a key role in the natural sciences as it explores the behavior of matter in the bulk phase, as well as at the molecular level. Susquehanna chemistry graduates are liberally educated scientists who are prepared for further study or careers in research, education, or industry.

Biochemistry. This field examines how the fundamentals of chemistry control biological functions and how biology is capable of performing complex chemical reactions. The study of biochemistry provides a broad foundation in the sciences. It is an ideal preparation for further study and careers in medicine, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, research, and biotechnology.

American Chemical Society Accreditation. The department's major in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Internships are highly recommended and may be taken for academic credit. Internships may be industrial or in research positions at other universities.

Honors in Chemistry. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes superior performance in chemistry. To graduate with honors in chemistry, candidates:

  • petition the department in writing by the third week of the student's final semester,
  • maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA overall and a 3.5 cumulative GPA in chemistry courses (plus biology courses for biochemistry majors),
  • submit an acceptable written thesis based on two four-hour semesters of senior research work in CHEM:500 Problems in Chemistry (or BIOL:510 if approved by chemistry department), and
  • pass an oral exam based on the submitted thesis.


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