Further your scientific curiosity.

Chemistry plays a role in virtually every part of the scientific process. If you’re curious about the chemical reactions, molecular structures and biochemical processes that underlie our world and everything in it, discover the study of Chemistry or Biochemistry at Mercyhurst! Accredited by the American Chemical Society, our programs take you from the basics in chemistry, mathematics and physics through advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, experimental physical chemistry, instrumental analysis or chemical biology. 

As a Chemistry or Biochemistry student, you’ll hone independent reasoning skills and problem-solving abilities. In addition to content knowledge and laboratory skills, we focus on transferable skills such as research analysis, searching scientific databases, written and oral communications, and teamwork. This ensures you’ll graduate with opportunities not only in chemistry or biochemistry, but virtually every other field as well. 

Our department houses three majors: a Chemistry Bachelor of Arts, a Chemistry Bachelor of Science, and a Biochemistry Bachelor of Science. Minors in Chemistry or Biochemistry are also available. Please review the Course Catalog under Resources at the bottom of this page for a detailed breakdown of the required courses for each program.

Fast Facts

  • All Chemistry and Biochemistry students participate in research and one-on-one training with a faculty member
  • Mercyhurst has affiliations with LECOM (Medicine 4+4, Pharmacy 4+3, Dentistry 4+4) and PCOM (Medicine 4+4), which would be ideal for Biochemistry majors interested in the health professions
  • For students interested in teaching chemistry at the secondary school level, the Chemistry Education certification includes a segue to our online Master of Science in Secondary Education, which is available as a 4+1 program
  • Our accreditation by the American Chemical Society (ACS) means that all degrees earned from the department are ACS-accredited


Course Catalog

Contact Us

Ronald Brown, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry
Office: Zurn 305
Phone: 814-824-2389