Information for Prospective Students

If you are interested in science, but unsure of a specific career path, let the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Mercyhurst University introduce you to a student-centered curriculum that provides both the interdisciplinary breadth and individually tailored focus to ensure that graduates have the skills and knowledge they need for graduate work, medical school, or a career immediately after college.

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Our department prepares students for a wide range of careers

Our students learn to be scientific problem-solvers and thinkers first. They work closely with talented faculty to learn, question and experience science, which helps them to move on to nearly any type of career in healthcare, medicine, science or technology. Recent graduates have gone on to top graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacy. Others use their knowledge and scientific training for work in education, medical/health fields, and industrial settings. One of the strengths of this program is the undergraduate chemistry research opportunity.

Our majors have direct access to committed faculty and state of the art facilities

Our students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and work directly with the faculty. Chemistry and biochemistry majors regularly present their research results at regional and national conferences in chemistry, which is important professional experience for those looking to excel in graduate school or in the field.

With a 14-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 20 students, you’re never just a number at Mercyhurst. In fact, many upper level courses average 10 or fewer students. We keep our classes small so you can get individualized attention from professors to ensure your success in class and beyond.

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Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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