Compounded understanding when two sciences collide

Advancements in chemistry have lengthened life, created new organic materials and helped humans survive in outer space. The discipline continues to grow and provide a diversity of career paths that prizes innovation.

At Susquehanna, you can participate in cutting-edge collaborative research within a small, ambitious community. In Susquehanna’s chemical physics program, you can work with a faculty member as early as your first year, applying new knowledge to real scientific problems.

Dive into advanced theoretical concepts, applied sciences and interdisciplinary research with our hands-on, interactive courses. You will gain in-depth experience in our small-size classes with a heavy emphasis on project development.

  • Prepare for an exciting, sustainable career graduate with diverse skills and training.
  • Explore emerging topics in chemical research and development.
  • Examine critical concepts such as quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.
  • Refine your scientific communication skills as you learn to present research to peers and professionals through oral presentations, conference posters and co-authored, peer-reviewed publications.
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art facilities with million-dollar instrumentation.

of students start research with faculty by their junior year
$1.2 million
in recent NSF funding for scholarships, summer research funding, and major instrumentation

“The research I completed at SU has supported my teaching career. It allowed me to think outside the box and consider how to solve problems when the answer isn’t listed in a textbook. This has been extremely helpful when working with students and teaching them how to complete lab experiments and become critical thinkers.”

Jenna Yarger Mowery ’18

Potential Careers

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Applications Chemist
  • Materials and Process Engineer
  • R&D Analytical Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Engineer

Recent Employers

  • NASA
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Eurofins/Lancaster Labs

Average Salary


2021 median pay for chemists

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Studying for a Degree in Chemical Physics

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