Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Science

Science and Technology Center, Room 317


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

About the Program

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides high quality programs in both traditional and emerging fields of study which recognize and promote human and intellectual diversity. The following undergraduate academic degree programs are offered: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biotechnology.  The Minor in Chemistry program allows students to receive recognition for completing a chemistry program short of a double major.

The department provides options for students whose interests may range from traditional chemistry fields to those on the interface between chemistry and biology or that have a health-profession emphasis.

The Bachelor of Science Program in Chemistry is approved as having met the requirements set forth by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Graduates of this program are eligible to receive certification from the American Chemical Society. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is one of twelve departments within the State System of Higher Education to have this prestigious affiliation.

ESU is located in close proximity to several chemical and pharmaceutical companies such as Sanofi Pasteur, Royal Chemicals, Biospectra, and DSM. This provides many opportunities for chemistry students to explore internships and employment in their area of study.

Chemistry students may participate in undergraduate research programs. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, these programs allow students to learn independently and solve problems. Students are exposed to advanced, specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

The ESU Chemistry Club is a Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society and is open for membership to all ESU students with an interest in chemistry. The club members are very active in campus events and public service. The members plan field trips to local and regional industries where chemistry plays a major role in research and production. The ESU Chemistry Club members produce chemical demonstrations that are used to entertain and educate diverse audiences. The members plan and prepare the presentations under the supervision of faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Are you interested in ...

  • Medicine or medical research
  • Laboratory instrumentation
  • Scientific or technical production
  • Quality control work
  • Environmental measurements
  • Discovering the world around us

Choose Chemistry at ESU

  • Small class sizes
  • Safe modern facilities
  • Practical field experiences
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Frequent faculty interactions

Is Chemistry a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Chemist
  • Agricultural or Food Industry Scientist
  • Environmental Testing
  • Educator
  • Production or Quality Control Technician
  • Government or Military Scientist

Career Settings

  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Graduate School - Advanced Degrees
  • Laboratories
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Companies

More detailed career information is available from the department.