Program Facts

  • GU Chemistry Facts

    • About one-third of Gannon chemistry graduates have pursued careers directly after graduation. Some graduates continue their education to obtain advanced business degrees.
    • About one-third of Gannon chemistry graduates have continued their research careers at universities to obtain M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. Most of those scientists obtain jobs in industry and a few enter academia.
    • About one-third of Gannon chemistry graduates have pursued further education in the medical field and a few students have entered law school.
    • The chemistry department offers a unique scholarship opportunity for high school students; the top three candidates (based on a test given each fall during Open House) are awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
    • Gannon’s chemistry graduates enjoy nearly 100 percent job placement.

    Major Facts

    • According to the 2010 American Chemical Society member salary survey, a chemist with a bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years experience earns an average of $43,900. Data from the same survey indicates the average salary of all member chemists with a bachelor’s degree is $69,800.

    About the Program

    • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members in the fields of biochemistry, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic synthesis and nanotechnology.
    • Gannon’s facility consists of advanced instrumental techniques including (but not limited to) electrospray mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (ES-MS/MS); gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS); FT infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR); atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS); ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy (UV/Vis); NMR, atomic force microscope and computational programs.
    • Gannon’s chemistry faculty and students have recently presented at conferences such as The Council for Undergraduate Research, The Northeast Regional American Chemical Society, The International Association for Great Lakes Research, The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, The Conference of the American Chemical Society and more.
    • Gannon’s chemistry students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through student organizations like the Chemistry Club, Gamma Sigma Epsilon (national undergraduate chemistry honorary fraternity), American Chemical Society (ACS) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).