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What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is everywhere.  It is the study of the composition, structure, behavior, and properties of matter.  Our Chemistry department provides students with hands-on experience with analytical methods, organic and inorganic synthesis, and biochemical methods.  Students have full access to all of the Department instrumentation.  Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry majors participate in directed undergraduate research and/or internships.  Our graduates have been successful in obtaining jobs in industry and acceptance into graduate and professional schools.


What can I do with a Chemistry degree?

Some students may want to continue with their education in hopes of being in the medical, education, or law fields.  Our students have been very successful in being admitted into graduate and/or other professional schools.  Because chemistry is everywhere, job possibilities are endless. To name a few, students may obtain jobs with the government, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, and hospitals.

 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the B.S. Chemistry program is to offer students the educational experiences and an environment that promotes mastery of chemical knowledge and skills.  Students graduating with degrees in chemistry will have the ability to succeed in chemistry related careers and graduate programs.


What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Chemistry courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Chemistry course descriptions, click here.

General Chemistry 1 and 2 constitute a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter. General Chemistry 1 covers stoichiometry; the properties of solids, liquids and gases; thermochemistry; and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.

Modern bonding theories are developed to the level that permits some understanding of the effects of structure and bonding on chemical properties. Periodic relationships are discussed and applied to selected families of elements. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of structure, bonding, and periodic relationships that are helpful in unifying a large body of chemical knowledge. Selected topics of current interest in inorganic chemistry are discussed.

This course is designed primarily for students with no prior chemistry background, but who still want to learn about the interactions of drugs with the human body. The course deals with the sources and regulation of drugs, what happens to drugs after they enter the body, and the characteristic effects of high use/high abuse drugs. By the end of the course, students should have a better appreciation of the concept of risk/benefit ratio, which applies to all medications. Students majoring in chemistry or biology may not take this course for credit toward their degree requirements.


Chemistry Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry Program, and the world of Chemistry as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry Department Homepage

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Where are recent graduates working?

Where are recent graduates attending graduate school? 

American Chemical Society

Jobs in Chemistry

Meet our Chemistry Faculty

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012