Chemistry can help prepare you for a fulfilling career in a range of fields. Susquehanna also offers biochemistry as another exciting degree you can pursue.

Learn by doing

Do research alongside your professors as early as your first semester. Graduate with co-authored papers on your resume. Travel to present your research at national conferences.

Get hands-on experience with lasers, fluorescence and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectrometers — more than $1 million in equipment.

Both in the classroom and out, you’ll examine science from multiple perspectives.

Classes are small and emphasize collaboration, giving you teamwork experience that employers value. We designed our building and lab spaces for workshop-style classes, so you’ll move seamlessly from lecture to group work to labs.

You’ll be well-versed in the fundamentals of general, organic and physical chemistry-and then choose from popular upper level courses on medicinal chemistry, forensics or how to spot scientific mistakes.

Our chemistry students and faculty thrive on close, professional connections with each other as they explore the relationship between chemistry and everyday life.

Engineering options

Interested in engineering? Study here for three years and get your bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and then get an engineering degree from Columbia University, Washington University of St. Louis or Case Western Reserve University through our engineering dual degree program.

A future with endless possibilities

Whether you see yourself doing research, teaching, practicing medicine or working in law enforcement, a chemistry degree prepares you for a fulfilling career. You’ll be ready to step right into a job or a graduate program with experience on a research internship or presenting research at national conferences.

About half of our graduates pursue graduate studies in organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. A chemistry major sets you apart on dental and medical school applications — they know you can easily master challenging material. Our interdisciplinary minors help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Our graduates immediately pursue advanced schooling or careers in:

  • medical school
  • dental school
  • pharmaceuticals
  • alternative energy
  • biotech fields
  • sales
  • education
  • law enforcement

Teaching options

If you’re interested in teaching, we’ve received a $1.2 million grant to fund special scholarships for students interested in teaching chemistry, physics and math in high-need school districts.

“The most impactful aspect of my education at Susquehanna has been the emphasis on problem-solving. The chemistry department emphasizes concepts and skills over memorization, challenging you to find new ways to apply solutions. I have utilized this in published research, career and life.”

Megan Wright, M.D.
Class of 2017


Lasers, spectrometers and a superconducting NMR, oh my!

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We know it takes a lot of hard work for chemistry majors to succeed in the classroom. But we want to help you become well-rounded and enjoy all that college has to offer. So get out of the lab and join a club, tune your trombone or hit the gym.

Not every school makes it this easy to pursue multiple interests, but we measure success by the flexibility you have to explore your options and have a life.

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Dr. Swarna Basu, department head