Dr. Sharon Yohn frequently uses demonstrations in her lecture.

Juniata’s chemistry department is committed to teaching chemistry as an exciting and cohesive experimental science from your very first introductory course. Instead of focusing on one aspect of chemistry at a time, your introductory courses – the Integrated Chemistry series – will weave together important concepts that form the basis of the five sub-fields of chemistry – organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry. Chemistry faculty with expertise in all fields of chemistry are involved in designing and teaching the Integrated Chemistry series, which students complete over their freshman and sophomore years. Before you finish your first two years, you will have developed hands-on laboratory skills, practiced your problem solving abilities, and applied your chemical knowledge to solving real-life problems.

In later courses, you will study each of the sub-disciplines of chemistry in more depth, building upon knowledge and skills that were emphasized in the Integrated Chemistry series, and you will begin to work more independently in the classroom and the lab. But learning at Juniata does not stop at the classroom door. As a Juniata chemistry student, you will have the opportunity to do hands-on original research side by side with chemistry faculty as early as your freshman year. Unlike at many large institutions, you will interact closely with a faculty mentor as you engage in chemistry research, and you will learn to use state of the art instrumentation to solve chemical problems.

Juniata’s chemistry department is composed of faculty and students with diverse talents and interests who work together in lecture halls, group problem solving sessions, laboratory coursework, and research experiences. As a member of this community, you will gain knowledge, practice scientific communication, and solve complex problems – experiences that will leave you uniquely prepared to enter the chemistry workforce.


Like independence?

The ultimate form of learning chemistry is doing chemistry, and we encourage our students to become involved in research as soon as they feel they can spare the time. We have research courses available for freshmen through seniors, and a variety of research projects are available.


(This POE applies to students entering fall 2016)

A designated POE in chemistry must meet the minimum criteria listed below. When combined with appropriate supporting courses, it can provide a useful basis for further study in related areas-for example, in computer science, physics, geology, environmental science, biochemistry, or a variety of biomedical fields such as immunology, pharmacology, virology, medicinal chemistry, nutrition, toxicology, medicine, and molecular genetics, to name a few. In some cases it may be appropriate to consider writing an individual POE. For example, a student interested in Chemical Physics may wish to design a POE that eliminates some organic chemistry and includes more math and physics courses. Any chemistry faculty member will be willing to discuss the procedure for writing such a POE.

More Information

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
CH 120 Chemistry Seminar 1      
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry: Principles I 3 corequisite CH 143 N  
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory I 1 corequisite CH 142 N QS
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry: Principles II 3 CH 142 or permission, corequisite CH 145 N  
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory II 1 CH 143, corequisite CH 144 N QS
CH 222 Inorganic Chemistry (with laboratory) 4 co- or prerequisite CH 144 N  
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic 3 CH 144, corequisite CH 243 N  
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Laboratory 1 corequisite CH 242 N  
CH 252 Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory) 4 CH 144 N QS
CH 262 Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) 4 CH 242 N  
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry 3 CH 242 N  
CH 352 Physical Chemistry I 3 CH 242, PC 203, MA 230 N  
CH 354 Physical Chemistry II 3 CH 352 N  
CH 355 Physical Chemistry Lab 3 CH 352 N CW
CH 362 Chemical Synthesis 2 CH 222, CH 252, CH 262 N  
CH 372 Instrumental Methods 3 CH 252 N  
CH 3XX/4XX Upper level elective 3   N  
CH 432 Comprehensive Chemistry 1 Instructor permission N Q
MA 130 Calculus I 4   N QM
MA 230 Calculus II 4 MA 130 N QM
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 corequisite PC 202L & MA 130 N QM
PC 202L Physics Laboratory I 1 corequisite PC 202 N  
PC 203 Introductory Physics II 3 PC 202 & MA 130, coreq. PC 203L N QM
PC 203L Physics Laboratory II 1 corequisite PC 203 N  

Total credit hours = 62 (21 upper level)
1 CW within the POE: CH 355

Possible schedule for a POE in Chemistry
Year Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Freshman EN 110, College Writing Seminar 4 CH 144, Integrated Chemistry: Principles II 3
  IT 100, Information Access 1 CH 145, Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory II 1
  CH 142, Integrated Chemistry: Principles I 3 CH 222, Inorganic Chemistry 4
  CH 143, Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory I 1 MA 230, Calculus II 4
  CH 120, Chemistry Seminar 1 Electives 3
  MA 130, Calculus I 4    
  Elective 1    
    15   15
Sophomore CH 242, Integrated Chemistry: Organic 3 CH 342, Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry 3
  CH 243, Integrated Chemistry: Organic Laboratory 1 CH 262, Organic Chemistry 4
  CH 252, Analytical Chemistry 4 PC 203, Intro. Physics II
  PC 202, Intro. Physics I 3 PC 203L, Intro. Physics Lab II 1
  PC 202L, Physics Lab 1 1 CA, IC or electives 3-4
  CA, IC or electives 3-4    
    15-16   14-15
Junior (*may be spent abroad) CH 352, Physical Chemistry I 3 CH 354, Physical Chemistry II 3
  CH 362, Chemistry Synthesis 2 CH 355, Physical Chemistry Lab
  Upper level Chemistry (could be research) 3 CH 372, Instrumental Methods 3
  CA, IC or electives 6-7 CA, IC or electives 6
    14-15   15
Senior Upper-level Chemistry (could be research) 3 *Upper-level Chemistry (could be research) 3
      CH 432, Comprehensive Chemistry 1
  Electives 12 Electives 12
    15   16

*Students may study chemistry at the Catholic University in Lille, France, the University of Applied Science in Steinfurt, Germany, or at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Study of a language can replace CA and IC by completing language study beyond the 210 level and at least 1 semester abroad in the target language. Summer language programs can help to provide the necessary language training. Calculus I and II might be taken in summer school to provide an opportunity for language preparation. Alternatively, language might be studied abroad during the summer prior to the junior year.