Department of Chemistry


Chemistry - American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Track

This program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and meets the requirements for professional certification by the American Chemical Society.

This program provides the broad fundamental knowledge most suited to students planning to become professional chemists or planning to pursue graduate training

Chemistry - Pre-Professional Studies Track

This B.S. program in chemistry for students who plan to continue graduate study in the medical sciences provides those courses required and strongly recommended by most medical schools and also affords an excellent base for students considering careers in medicine, medical research, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or veterinary medicine. This program does not lead to certification by the American Chemical Society.

Pharmaceutical Science - Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis Track

This track focuses on chemical analysis and provides training in both quantitative and instrumental analysis. This is an appropriate track for those considering any graduate or physician program, or for persons who wish to perform bench research in the industry.

Pharmaceutical Science - Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Track

This track focuses on biological processes and biochemical analysis. This is an appropriate track for those considering any graduate or physician program, or for persons who wish to perform bench research in the industry. This track has more biology instruction than the Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Analysis track and may be more appropriate for those with an interest in the biological sciences.

We also offer a vibrant Post-Baccalaureate Program.

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Certificate Program in Forensic Chemistry

The certificate program is geared towards preparing the student for work in most sections of the forensic laboratory, including trace, drugs, arson, and toxicology. Recently, there has been a significant increase in interest in the forensic science profession. While not all of the portrayals of forensic scientists on television accurately show the actual work of forensic scientists, a lot of interest was generated among the public, providing us with a great opportunity to attract more students into chemistry.

Master of Science Program

The Master of Science degree in chemistry is designed for both full-time and part-time students. It provides advanced training for those who wish to further their careers in industry, laboratory medicine, or teaching, as well as students who feel the need for more study before pursuing a Ph.D. or MD. The MS program in chemistry offers both thesis and non-thesis options

Ph.D. program in Clinical/Bioanalytical Chemistry Program jointly offered with the Cleveland Clinic

The Ph.D. program in Clinical/Bioanalytical Chemistry is offered jointly by Cleveland State University and the Lerner Research Institute of The Cleveland Clinic. The program is also affiliated with the Rammelkamp Center for Education and Research of the MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland.

This unique program attracts students from all over the world. Clinical/Bioanalytical Chemistry applies the knowledge of chemistry and, in particular, chemical analysis to the study of the origins and diagnoses of diseases. Graduates of this Ph.D. program are employed in many clinical- bioanalytical settings. They become directors of clinical laboratories and research scientists in biomedical and biotechnology fields, in in-vitro diagnostics, in reference and analytical laboratories, in academic institutions, and in many other settings.

This world-renowned Ph.D. program was established in 1973 and has granted doctoral degrees to over 100 students. Currently, 15 faculty from CSU and 305 faculty from LRI are participating in the training of 52 doctoral students.

Visit the Faculty and Research page for a list of CSU, LRI, and other adjunct faculty; plus links to their profiles and research interests.

Graduate Assistantships covering tuition and a competitive stipend are available.