Chemistry and Physics

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Faculty

Dr. Matthew J. Price (chair) | Dr. William E. Dieterle | Dr. Gregg Gould | Dr. Min Li |  Dr. Ali Sezer | Dr. Kimberly Woznack

Purpose

The Chemistry and Physics programs are located in New Science Hall. Each program provides students with a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and related disciplines, and prepare students for future careers in private and public sectors as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. 

Programs

The department offers an American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Physics and minors in both chemistry and physics. In addition, students interested in secondary school teaching may select B.S.Ed. certification programs in Chemistry or Physics.  

Careers

Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Physics prepare students for future career opportunities by establishing strong fundamental skills in application of theory in each discipline inside the major but also developing laboratory techniques, instrumentation data analysis and experimental presentation skills. Each program prepares students to be successful in all chemistry- or physics-oriented careers and allows the student to further explore specific areas of interest inside of each discipline through research opportunities. Future positions in chemistry include, but in no way limited to, careers as an analytical chemist, quality-control specialists, forensic scientists, plant medicinal chemists, laboratory technician, industrial management, technical writer, purchasing agent and salesperson with the chemical industry. Career opportunities in physics include, but area also not limited to, government, academic and industrial positions ranging from the space program to the electronics industry to materials science and engineering, in addition to university teaching and research. Some department graduates have chosen to continue their education or pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, management, and college and university teaching and research.

Graduates from the Department of Chemistry and Physics have been successful in pursuing the career of their choice. Over the years, students have obtained industrial jobs both locally and outside the region. Among the employers of our graduates are:

  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Eastman Chemicals
  • Ferro Corporation
  • Bayer Corporation
  • CrystalPlex
  • NaturallyNano
  • Duracell
  • Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals
  • US Steel
  • State Crime Labs in Erie, Greensburg and Charleston, S.C.
  • the Allegheny County Coroner's Office in Pittsburgh

Other students have successfully pursued doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Utah and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Secondary education majors have enjoyed great success finding positions within western Pennsylvania and outside the region.