Chemistry BA, Chemistry BS and Chemistry BS with ACS Accreditation

Chemistry is commonly considered to be the "central science." So much of our modern life is based in chemistry that most people take it for granted that new technologies will always be available. However, without new discoveries in chemistry there would be no new medicines, pesticides, or consumer electronics.


The Philadelphia region has the largest concentration of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the world. While many of our graduates go directly into high paying jobs in the chemical industry or onto careers in law or business, a significant portion go on to medical school, dental school, and prestigious graduate programs.


The department offer BA and BS degrees, including one recognized and accredited by the American Chemical Society. Chemistry majors take courses in organic, physical and analytical chemistry. The major emphasizes "hands-on" laboratory experience that is the hallmark of chemical research. This now includes practicums in computational chemistry, an important new area that offers significant career opportunities. The college follows the Undergraduate Professional Education guidelines of the American Chemical Society. 

Program Goals

After completing either program, students should:

  • know how to write a scientific report, analyze data, and place these results in a broader scientific context
  • know material from foundational and in-depth course work in 4 out of 5 subdivisions of chemical research: Analytical Chemistry; Biochemistry; Inorganic Chemistry ;Organic Chemistry; and Physical Chemistry
  • have laboratory skills in a broad range of subdivisions through laboratory experience in 4 of 5 chemistry subdivisions
  • have problem-solving skills such as the ability to develop testable hypotheses; design and execute experiments and data analysis
  • be able to research chemical literature
  • have laboratory safety skills
  • be able to communicate their knowledge of chemistry as developed in the capstone courses
  • be able to work effectively as part of a team as developed through their laboratory courses.

Related Web Sites

Chemistry Flowcharts and Advising Sheets

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Program Requirements (BA)

Chemistry Program Requirments (BS)


Dr. Robert Stanley
Chemistry Department
Beury Hall, Room 248

Dr. Spiridoula Matsika
Beury Hall, Room 242