The Chemistry Department at Bucknell has three distinctive features: a vigorous, innovative curriculum, close interaction between students and faculty, and an emphasis on joint student-faculty research. 

The department offers BS and BA degrees in chemistry and (in collaboration with biology) a BS in cell biology/biochemistry.   We offer an MS degree in chemistry, and an MA degree for high school chemistry teachers.  The department also offers a special program that enables highly motivated students to obtain both the BS and MS degrees in four years and three summers.  

Our programs emphasize learning chemistry by doing chemistry.  All twelve members of our faculty have active research programs involving undergraduates and masters students.  About 25 undergraduates per semester are enrolled in research courses for credit, and 25-35 students per summer participate in our summer research program.

We invite you to explore our website, and to contact any faculty member whose research you find interesting or the department chair if you have questions about our programs.

News and Announcements

August 2006 - The Deaprtment welcomes Prof John Stahl, Prof Kathrym Hicks, and Prof. Lou Ann Tom to the department for 2006-07.

May 2006 - Bucknell acquires major new NMR Instrumentation

September- 2005: University of Minnesota Chemistry Professor Thomas Hoye (Bucknell BS/MS Chemistry, 1972) has isolated and solved the structure of an important sea lamprey pheromone.

August - 2005: Professors Rovnyak (CHEM), Stockland, (CHEM), Strein (CHEM), Maneval (CHEM ENG), and Cunningham (PHYS), awarded $475k from the National Science Foundation to acquire a high field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer for research on macromolecules.