Chemistry Degrees Options

at Saint Francis University

  •  SFU Chem Lab

    Why Study Chemistry

    A chemist is a problem-solving scientist, whose work may range from helping to create a safer environment, becoming a medical professional, to addressing future energy needs. The field of chemistry offers a wide array of career possibilities. Chemists are employed in government, industry, education, medicine, and private institutions. If you love math and science this critical-thinking career path may be for you.

    Degree Options

    The Saint Francis University Chemisty Program has been approved by the American Chemical Society

    • Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (ACS certified) 
      • This comprehensive foundation in chemistry is a great degree path if you are interested in pursuing graduate school or who want to enter industry positions in chemistry right after graduation.
    • Chemistry , Bachelor of Arts 
      • This flexible option allows you to combine your chemistry program with another field such as biology, business, or criminal justice.
    • Biochemistry Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) 
      • This concentration allows you focus on the clinical processes of organisms from the molecular level-- to cells-- to humans. It emphasizes relationships between structure and function.  Work in physics, biology and mathematics, compliment your chemistry studies.
    • Environmental Chemistry Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry)
      • Environmental chemistry focuses on the presence and impact of chemicals in soil, surface water, and groundwater and how these effect the ecosystems, animals and human health. This specialization prepares you for a career as an Environmental Chemist.
    • Forensics Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) 
      • This specialization in forensic chemistry will equip you for a career of laboratory work related to criminal justice. A forensic chemist focuses on analysis of materials from crime scenes.
    • Pre-professional Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) 
      • This concentration allows you to prepare for professional schools in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, optometry, and veterinary fields.
    • Pre-pharmacy Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) 
      • Pre-pharmacy students spend three intense years at Saint Francis and receive their Saint Francis degree after they complete the first year of pharmacy school at Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy or Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students may also choose apply to other pharmacy schools.
    • Secondary Education Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry) 
      • This concentration combines chemistry and general education coursework to prepare you for teaching positions at the secondary education level in the state of Pennsylvania.

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.


    • Chemistry, Minor
    • Forensic Science, Minor

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.

    Chemistry at SFU

    Have you ever experimented with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy? How about gas chromatography? Chemistry is a very hands-on field. At Saint Francis, we provide you with lab experience, research opportunities and internships that give you that hands-on experience at the undergraduate-level.

    Careers Opportunities

    Our chemistry students go far. Here are some of the career paths our graduates have taken.

    • research chemist
    • medical doctor
    • pharmacist
    • lab supervisor
    • forensic scientist
    • high school teacher
    • professor
    • public health professional
    • biochemist
    • dentist
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