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Undergraduate Portal - Why Choose Chemistry?

The Chemistry major in Penn State's Eberly College of Science is a program that is flexible enough to meet widely varied interests, while remaining firmly based on the underlying sciences of mathematics and physics. The course requirements for the Chemistry major at Penn State include the basic three areas -- general, organic, and physical chemistry.

Research Opportunities

The large size of our research-active faculty means that you have an excellent chance at finding a group if you are interested in doing research. Typically, 80-90% percent of our undergraduates do research at some time in their four years at Penn State, and many graduate with one or more publications to their credit. As a new student, you can meet faculty and visit their laboratories while taking the Freshman Seminar. You also can join peer groups as early as your freshman year and continue throughout your entire stay here. The department also encourages you to spend a summer at Penn State doing research full-time, and has funds to help make this possible.

Great Career Opportunities

Students majoring in chemistry typically go on to graduate study in chemistry, medical school, to a job in a chemical industry, or to teaching at the secondary school level. Because of chemistry's wide application throughout modern technology, jobs in chemistry tend to remain available even when the economy is down. The employment record of Penn State chemistry graduates has been very good over a period of many years

Job Experience Opportunities

Students can participate in the University's Cooperative Education Program, which allows you to spend two semesters working in a chemical company during your undergraduate years. This provides you with a financial boost while allowing you to gain insight into the nature of a career in the chemical industry.

Financial Aid

A number of grants, loans, work-study programs, and scholarships are available through Penn State.

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