Madia Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Engineering

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At IUP we understand that not every university’s degree are created equal. We focus on student opportunities such as an integrated leadership minor, undergraduate research, internships, and guaranteed graduate school admissions to achieve a near 100 percent employment and graduate school placement rate.

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Chemistry Education, Chemistry, BS

Pre-Medical, Chemistry, BS

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Chemistry Minor

Certified Degrees: The department undergoes a rigorous review by the American Chemical Society to have certified degrees offered, the gold standard for biochemistry and chemistry programs.


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Alumni Receives Grant to Develop HIV Drugs

Daniel Adu-Ampratwum, who graduated from IUP with a master's in chemistry in 2010, received a $140,000 grant to develop new HIV drugs from the HIV Interaction and viral Evolution Center.

Biochem Alumni to Hold Virtual Career Panel on Thursday, February 24

Five IUP Biochemistry alumni will hold a virtual career panel on Thursday, February 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, as part of AMES, Alumni Mentors Empowering Students.

Majumdar Publishes in “ACS Omega”

Professor Sudipta Majumdar and former IUP undergrad Arie Van Wieren have published a paper in the ACS Omega journal. The paper is titled “Substitution of the Methionine Axial Ligand of the T1 Copper for the Fungal-like Phenylalanine Ligand (M298F) Causes Local Structural Perturbations that Lead to Thermal Instability and Reduced Catalytic Efficiency of the Small Laccase from Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2).”

IUP Biochemistry Alumnus Shenin Dettwyler to speak on becoming a genetic counselor

IUP alumnus Shenin Dettwyler will speak via Zoom Tuesday, February 8, at 11:30 a.m. She will discuss how she used her BS in Biochemistry degree to become a genetic counselor for cancer patients. All students and faculty are invited to attend in person at Weyandt 240, or via Zoom.

Research Opportunities in Chemistry Graduate Program at West Virginia University

West Virginia University's Department of Chemistry will be visiting IUP on Wednesday, November 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to showcase their graduate PhD and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Students can attend either by coming to Weyandt 127 or via Zoom..