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Why choose chemistry?

The chemistry major is designed to take you where you want to go. Penn State offers an innovative curriculum to help students succeed in the chemical industry, academia, medicine, education, and so much more.  With great career and research opportunities, there’s never been a better time to choose chemistry at Penn State.

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Ashley Saunders, Chemistry Undergraduate Student

Every chemistry major at Penn State has a different story about how they discovered their passion for science. For third-year chemistry major Ashley Saunders, the light-bulb moment came in middle school when she attended a law and CSI camp. 

Olivia Kuzio

During her first year as an undergraduate, Kuzio took an elective that changed her way of looking at the world—literally. “I took an art history elective and fell in love with the subject,because I knew I still wanted to continue pursuing my degree in chemistry, I was determined to find a way to study the intersection of science and the arts.”

Olivia Kuzio, BS in Chemistry 2017