The Department of Chemistry offers a B.S. degree in chemistry. There are four concentrations—the traditional, the biochemistry, the biopharmaceutical, and the environmental chemistry concentrations, the former emphasizing the more quantitative, the second and third the more biological aspects of chemistry, and the latter the aspects related to the environment. Training in chemistry is a good foundation for careers in fields as diverse as industrial chemistry, environmental science, forensic science, and biotechnology. The biochemistry track provides excellent preparation for students who wish to enter medical, dental, and other health-related professional schools.
Graduates of the program have obtained jobs as chemists and technicians in industrial and government laboratories or have entered graduate programs at leading universities in chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, and pharmacology.
The chemistry curricula foster an attitude of inquiry, develop an understanding of the process of science, the interrelatedness of scientific disciplines, and the interactions of science, society, and technology. The chemistry curricula also provide opportunities for students to develop a variety of laboratory and technical skills important to the chemical profession.
In addition to the above goals, the chemistry 9–12 teaching field complies with and endorses the conceptual framework of the Shepherd University teacher education program and strives to produce teachers who are reflective problem solvers.