Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) as among the nation's top programs, Bloomsburg University offers undergraduate options in chemistry and biochemistry, chemistry education and nanotechnology.

BU chemistry majors — who often graduate with ACS or ASBMB certification, including some with both — advance into professions such as medicine, secondary school teaching and chemically related industrial firms. Biochemistry majors enjoy a career path into medicine or veterinary school, as well as a stepping-stone into forensic chemistry.

Why BU?

  • Unlike large public universities, you'll never have a teaching assistant in any of your lab classes. You'll never be in a chemistry lab section with more than 18 students.
  • Our instrument suite is comparable to or better than many private schools and is fully accessible by students, who get hands-on experience with these instruments.
  • We have paid research internships for qualified students to work one-on-one with faculty. Routinely, these students receive travel funds to present their research results at national science conferences, such as the annual American Chemical Society Meeting.


ACS     ASBMB Chemistry Accreditation    

Chemistry Lab

Department Chairperson
  Gregory Zimmerman | 570-389-5315
Department Secretary
  Natalie Wilson | 570-389-5159

217 Hartline Science Center
Fax: 570-389-3028


Programs of Study

Accelerated Physician Preparation — Thinking of pursuing a medical degree? Then this program offers an attractive seven-year option!

Biochemistry — Interested in both biology and chemistry? Then pursue this specialized program that leads to medical and dental schools after graduation. Both standard and ACS certified tracks are available.

Chemistry — multiple undergraduate options that include pathways for experience in chemical research, some specialty fields and certifications, as well as graduate studies or employment in industry, including engineering.

Chemistry Education — Interested in teaching? This option features a capstone course, The Chemistry Curriculum and the Teaching Laboratory, the only one of its kind in the State System.

Nanotechnology — is likely to change the way almost everything is designed and made, from vaccines to computers to car tires. Nanotechnology products can be found in commonly used items as cell phones, cosmetics and clothing.

Pre-Medical Science Studies Certificate — helps prepare you for entry into medical school, dental school, veterinary school, podiatric school, chiropractic school, and optometry school.

STEM Transfer Program — find technology internships, health care clinical experiences or science research, including undergraduate research opportunities. These experiences will give you an edge in your career, and along the way you'll take pride in making a difference — for the environment or for your community.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology certification

Chemistry seniors earn ASBMB certification

One sees chemistry as a path to law school and the other, a journey to a doctorate degree in synthetic chemistry. Both are set to graduate Bloomsburg University this December as among the few chemistry graduates — less than 425 in the country #8212; walking this year with American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) certification.

Kimberly Hollister and Alison Martin capped their spring semester by passing the ASBMB National Accreditation exam, enabling BU to exceed the national average by eight percent. Nearly 1,000 college students took the exam, some 417 (42 percent) achieved certification with 122 students (12.3 percent) achieving certification with distinction, as announced by ASBMB this fall.

Chemistry Careers

A wide range of career options in the chemical sciences!

A degree in chemistry or biochemistry opens up a multitude of career opportunities, spanning five sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship.