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 curriculum sheets 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

In coordination with the Sustainability Studies Program at Mercyhurst, students majoring in Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.) or Biochemistry may pursue a concentration in Sustainability Studies. The goals of this program are to provide students with the following academic experiences: 

  • Two introductory environmental courses (ENVS 105 and SUST 210), and capstone research experience (SUST 490) at the beginning and end of the academic program, respectively, to cohesively provide both an introduction to sustainability and an intensive real-world experiential learning component.
  • An interdisciplinary overview of the questions, problems and potential solutions comprising the broadly defined study of sustainability. Portions of this coursework may overlap with the core curriculum. Students must choose at least four courses from the elective list of courses given in the Sustainability portion of the course catalog.
  • A rigorous and science-centered study of how the chemistry and biochemistry disciplines intersect with sustainability. This will be arranged in coordination with the research adviser and departmental faculty, culminating in the capstone experience.

To apply for a Biochemistry Minor, please contact a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A student must accrue at least 27 credit hours in the minor before graduation. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or better. No more than five courses in the Biochemistry Minor may be the same as those required within a student’s major curriculum.

Contact Us

Amy Danowitz, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry
Office: Zurn 303B
Phone: 814-824-2029