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Program Type
Est. Time to Complete
4 Years
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
Delivery Mode
On Campus
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Prepare for a career that impacts lives.

Whether we realize it or not, chemistry is a huge part of everyday life. From the food we grow to the medicine we take and the machinery we use, chemistry is a growing industry that impacts day-to-day functions. At York College of Pennsylvania, students earning a degree in chemistry prepare to lead to exciting careers.

Our students master the basic principles of chemistry while learning to think and discover new concepts. Access to advanced laboratories and instruments, along with the guidance of our experienced faculty, means our graduates have the tools they need to become the next generation of chemistry leaders.

About the Chemistry Degree

York College Chemistry graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of industry employers both locally and nationwide: Adhesives Research, BASF Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Lancaster Laboratories, Pfizer, Proctor and Gamble, and many more.

Some students also choose to continue their education through graduate school, and have attended universities like Penn State, Syracuse University, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, University of Washington, and Vanderbilt University.

The Green Chemistry Commitment program supports college and university faculty and students in implementing and sharing best practices in green chemistry theory. 

Green Chemistry Commitment

Chemistry Courses

Your class schedule will include core courses for your major, Gen Next general education classes, and electives. 

Course NameCourse CodeCredits
General Chemistry ICHM 134/1354 Credits
Organic Chemistry ICHM 234/2354 Credits
Inorganic ChemistryCHM 3223 Credits
Introduction to Chemical ResearchCHM 3302 Credits


Careers in Chemistry

A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry opens up a variety of career opportunities. Some of your options may include:

Physical Chemist

Chemical Technician

Organic Chemist

Medicinal Chemist


Quality Control Chemist

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Build your dream career, one day at a time.

This is day one. From your first semester on campus through graduation day, York College offers expert advice, professional development opportunities, and personalized support to help you navigate the choices that influence your future. 

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Meet the Faculty

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Jessica Fautch
Jessica M. Fautch, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
James Foresman
James B. Foresman, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
Gregory Foy
Gregory P. Foy, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Chemistry
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology
Dora Peelen
Dora Peelen, Ph.D.
Instructor, Chemistry
Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology

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