Explore our Academic Planning page to see how you can earn a chemistry degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society! The Penn State Chemistry Department is approved by the American Chemical Society to confer ACS-certified degrees to chemistry majors who meet certain requirements beyond those required by the major. Courses in biological chemistry and chemical literature must be included among a student’s 400-level chemistry electives, and two additional credits of laboratory work, typically chemical research, are required.
Do you have questions about the Chemistry major? Find and make an appointment with a Chemistry Academic Adviser!
Entrance to Major
In order to be eligible for entrance to the Chemistry major, a student must have:
- Attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average
- Completed and earned both a grade of C or better and a combined grade point average of at least 2.50 in each of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 113, CHEM 210, MATH 140, and MATH 141. Note: If courses are repeated, only the higher grade will be used in this calculation.
Grade Related Graduation Requirements
- A grade of C or better in all Chemistry courses, including 400-level electives
- An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
For the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a minimum of 125 credits is required:
- General Education: 45 credits
- Requirements for the Major: 94 credits
Please visit the Penn State Undergraduate Bulletin for the latest up-to-date Chemistry degree requirements.
You can also view the Chemistry Department's Guide to the Chemistry Major. You can also view the major's general education requirements here.
With a large variety of courses available, you can explore different areas of chemistry and specialize your degree.
The course series listed for each concentration in the Recommended Academic Plans are some of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. Students have the ability, in consultation with their adviser, to create their own path towards a chemistry degree! The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. These plans should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report).
Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.
Enhance your bachelor's degree by adding a chemistry minor. Earning a minor enables you to gain specialized knowledge that complements your major, pursue a personal interest, or explore a different field of study. Learn what a chemistry minor can do for you and view the requirements below and on the University Undergraduate Bulletin!
Chemistry Minor Requirements
Studying abroad offers chemistry majors unique opportunities to network with international scientists and exchange ideas, all while experiencing a new culture!
Penn State’s Education Abroad Office offers almost 200 different study abroad options for Penn State students, including opportunities to take chemistry courses abroad, study a language, take general education courses, experience a new culture, or visit a particular country or culture.
International Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, summer program options, and embedded courses are also available to chemistry majors.
A complete list of all study abroad programs and embedded courses can be found from Global Penn State, and more science-specific information about international opportunities can be found on the Office of Science Engagement website. Talk to your advisor for more information about how you want to fit an international experience into your chemistry major.