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IUP's Future Chemists Are Hands On

Chemistry students conduct research along side their professors

With a curriculum that has the American Chemical Society’s seal of approval, IUP’s Chemistry Department offers future chemists with an excellent formula to become anything they wish to become in the science community.

This is my change.

While the department offers numerous undergraduate degrees—BA, BS, BS (pre-med), BSEd, and BS in Biochemistry—it also accommodates chemists who require a business perspective through its recently developed PSM, Professional Science Master’s degree program. This graduate-level program blends applied and industrial chemistry with marketing, project management, and other business-related coursework.

Regardless of major or level, IUP chemistry students are exposed to a multitude of opportunities by a faculty that exposes students to more than classroom lecture and laboratory exercises. In addition to guest lectures and programming, students have the opportunity to take advantage of engaged research.

For example, the Chemistry Department is a part of IUP’s Energy Research Cluster. As one of the cluster’s activities, chemistry students are involved in monitoring and testing water samples from nearby Marcellus Shale drilling sites. 

Two department alumni have received the Distinguished Alumni Award: Kathy Halvey Gibson ’78, who at the time of her award in 1989 was the first woman in the nation to be named a senior resident of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Colonel Alan Halliday ‘76, who in 2005 received the award for his standing as one of the nation’s leading neurologists. 

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