• Students Conducting Experiments
  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon’s chemistry graduates have a nearly 100-percent job placement rate.
    • The School of Sciences offers a unique scholarship opportunity for high school students who attend the Fall Open House. The Gannon Science Contest program awards scholarships each year to top-performing students. Scholarships could range in value. Past recipients have received awards of: 
    • $12,000 ($3,000/year for four years at Gannon)
      $8,000 ($2,000/year for four years at Gannon)
      $4,000 ($1,000/year for four years at Gannon)

    • A recent graduate is currently in the Ph.D. program in biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. Another graduate is in the radiochemistry program at the City University of New York. A third graduate, who finished her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, now works for the nuclear magnetic resonance division of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    You Will Learn

    Chemistry majors are actively engaged in learning in the five commonly recognized areas of chemistry: organic, physical, analytical, biochemical and inorganic chemistry. The program is modeled after the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. The strong technical background, undergraduate research experience and liberal studies core provides chemistry graduates with the skills necessary to pursue a broad range of opportunities and career goals.

    Chemistry students pursue a nationally recognized undergraduate curriculum that may be customized with a focus in one of several related fields. Chemistry majors enjoy challenging core courses, interactive laboratory experiences and exciting opportunities to conduct original scientific research with a faculty mentor. The department offers its students the advantages of small class sizes, individual attention and frequent contact with faculty and staff members in learning, mentorship and internship settings.

    You Will Experience

    Chemistry majors participate in internship and/or research programs, particularly in the summer months. Students have research and internship opportunities at universities, agencies, and private industries including:

    • Brookhaven National Labs
    • Erie Water Works
    • Lake Erie Biofuels
    • LORD Corporation
    • Modern Industries
    • Plasticolor Inc.
    • Sonneborn Industries
    • Texas A&M University
    • University of Michigan
    • University of North Texas

    You Will Achieve

    There are many different career opportunities available to a graduate with a degree in chemistry. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • chemical plant work
    • further education in a health-related field, (medical school, pharmacy school, etc.)
    • laboratory work
    • chemical scientist requiring a Ph.D. in a field of chemistry research (Note that students pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical research typically are paid a stipend and do not pay tuition to the research university)
    • sales or product/technical service 

    You will Study

    The chemistry department at Gannon University is committed to mentoring undergraduate research that will prepare students for the rigors of graduate school or a career. Because research plays a central role in our students’ learning experience, upper-level chemistry students are required to participate in independent research under the guidance of a faculty member, and seniors must complete at least one credit of undergraduate research in two successive semesters. Some courses that assist students with their independent research include:

    CHEM 366: Structural Biochemistry

    This course focuses on a systematic study of the biologically important compounds including the amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, carbohydrates and lipids. Emphasis is placed on the structure, properties, syntheses, reactions and functions of these compounds.

    CHEM 408: Advanced Instrumental Analysis

    An in-depth examination of the major instrumental methods used in analytical chemistry, application of advanced chemical principles and fundamental instrumental concepts focusing on how they influence the precision and accuracy of the measurement aspect of analysis. Techniques examined include spectrophotometry, chromatography and electrochemistry. The role computers play in modern instruments is also examined. 

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $44,100
    • Mid-career salary: $84,100

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (