The chemistry major consists of four options: Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry Education Pre-certification, and General Chemistry.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans for detailed course recommendations for each option and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Chemistry Options

With a large number of supporting courses and free electives, the chemistry major at Behrend provides our students the opportunity to tailor their degree to suit their personal career goals. To help achieve their objectives, students can choose one of several options within the chemistry major. For complete requirements, please refer to the University Bulletin.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Chemistry bachelor's degree program.

Semester 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Chemical Principles I (3 credits)
  • Experimental Chemistry I (1 credit)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 16.5

Semester 2

  • Chemical Principles II (3 credits)
  • Experimental Chemistry II (1 credit)
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)
  • General Physics: Mechanics (4 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 16.5

Semester 3

  • Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4 credits)
  • Calculus and Vector Analysis (4 credits)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 4

  • Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses is available to you in your third and fourth years. Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and your interests.

  • Upper-Division Required Courses
    The Professional Chemist; Chemical Literature; Chemistry of the Elements; Organic and Inorganic Preparations; Instrumental Analysis; Elemental Analysis and Instrumental Design Laboratory; Electrochemistry and Chromatography Laboratory; Experimental Physical Chemistry; General Biochemistry I; Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics; Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Experimental Physical Chemistry; Chemical Research; Independent Studies; Biochemistry Laboratory; Molecular Biology; Protein Structure and Function; Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity; Biology: Molecules and Cells; Genetic Analysis; Introductory Microbiology; Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy; Basic Management Concepts; Management and Organization; Project Management; Negotiation and Conflict Management; Principles of Marketing; Marketing Research; Consumer Behavior; Retailing; Personal Selling; Advanced Sales Management; Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases; Introduction to Business Information Systems; Database Management Systems; Systems Analysis; Business Intelligence; Introduction to Statistics for Business; Introduction to Operations Management; Introductory Psychology; Introduction to Developmental Psychology; Learning and Instruction; Competing Rights: Issues in American Education; Introductory Field Experience for Teacher Preparation; Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies; Chemistry Teacher Assistant Training; X-ray Crystallography; Spectroscopy; Advanced Organic Synthesis; Computational Methods

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.