University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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The Chemistry Department

The Chemistry Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry or Biochemistry as well as a minor in Chemistry. Students may also choose to double major in Biochemistry and Biology, or Biochemistry and Chemistry. The department also provides advising and coursework for students interested in applying to pharmacy school. In collaboration with the Education Division, the department offers courses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education – chemistry and certification to teach high school chemistry. Additionally, the Department is a proud member of BeyondBenign’s the Green Chemistry Commitment.


B.S. in Chemistry

Chemistry teaches students to understand the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter. Pitt-Johnstown's chemistry program prepares students for employment at the bachelor's degree level, for graduate study, and for professional programs in health-related areas. Chemistry majors are highly sought after by companies that produce products made from chemicals, including pharmaceuticals, paints, plastics, cosmetics, food, and green energy industries. Graduates have gone on to work as:

  • Product Development Researchers
  • Formulation Chemists
  • Biotechnologists
  • Process Chemists
  • Quality Assurance Specialists
  • Quality Control Specialists
  • Teachers and Professors
  • Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • Patent Lawyers
  • Government Researchers

To learn more about career opportunities available to chemistry majors, visit the American Chemical Society.


B.S. in Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a major that teaches students to understand the composition, structure, chemical reactions, and behavior of matter as applied to living systems. This program enables students to develop their knowledge of the natural world, while also developing critical thinking skills. A degree in biochemistry will create a tremendous opportunity for various career paths including:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Health Care Fields
  • Chemical Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Academia
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Development
  • Cancer Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Chemistry

To learn more about career opportunities available to biochemistry majors, visit the American Chemical Society.


Contact Us

Ryan Bird, PhD
Department Chair
814-269-2903  |

First-Year Schedule

A sample of the likely first-year schedule for students in Pitt-Johnstown’s Biochemistry or Chemistry major.
Fall Term
  • Freshman Writing Seminar
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Precalculus or Calculus 1
  • General Biology with Lab or General Education Elective
Spring Term
  • Freshman Writing II
  • General Chemistry II with Lab
  • Calculus 1 or Calculus 2
  • General Biology II with Lab or General Education Elective

Please note that courses and course titles are subject to change.