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Learn the basics and dig deeply into chemistry topics that meet your particular interests.  The Chemistry Department at YSU offers a wide variety of electives in addition to the core chemistry courses below. Through small classes and hands-on research, you will develop a deep appreciation for the role chemistry plays in the world and prepare for a successful career.

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

Please see the undergraduate link for more information.

Chemists study matter in its most basic forms—atoms and molecules. By understanding these building blocks, we search for new ways to organize matter into life-saving medicine, space-age materials, and exciting consumer products. Chemistry majors can pursue rewarding careers in research, industry, medicine, education, and much more.

Quick Facts and Figures
  • 1:19 Faculty:Student ratio
  •  PhD Program in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department has a strong regional and national reputation for the quality of  preparation for either graduate school or industry
  • Fully equipped Student Computer Lab
  • Recently remodeled Organic & Inorganic Chemistry & Research Labs


Chemistry Department Announcements

    There is always something great happening in the YSU Chemistry Department.

  • Congratulations to our award winners for 2016.
  • Congratulations to Tyler Pabst and his research advisor, Dr. Genna, on Tyler's ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award
Dr. Wang's Research
  • Samantha Mock, a student of YSU chemistry department won the First Prize in the Physical Science Poster Section and also the only MSNO Award to support to travel Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) annual conference from all posters in the MSNO May Conference 2015that was held at John Carroll University on May 20th, 2015. Congratulations on Samantha’s great job!
  • Goodyear sponsored the 15th Annual STEM Career Day(See the photo) on the campus of the University of Akron on Saturday, April 18th.  More than 1,500 6th - 12th graders participated.  Dr. Michael Serra and two students, Jennifer Moore and Jessica Kimmet, represented the department as part of the interactive sessions.  The three performed 6, 25 sessions combining a PowerPoint presentation and chemistry demonstrations to illustrate the importance of chemistry and to highlight possible careers in chemistry. 
  • Congratulations to the Quest Winners from the Chemistry Department.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry was approved by the YSU Board of Trustees on March 11th
  • The Annual Chemistry Olympiad will be held Friday, March 13th in Room 4045 Ward Beecher.  Please see this link for more details:  ACS Chemistry Olympiad
  • Josh Weimer and Melanie Welsh presented their research with Dr. Stourman at at ACS Conference CERMACS in Pittsburgh in November 2014."Characterization of substrate specificity of b-​Glucosidase BglX from E. coli".

  • The Chemistry Department officially opened the new X-Ray Diffraction Facility on October 29th
  • Dr. Ruigang Wang has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • Dr. Wang is also a Co-PI on another NSF Award
  • Chemistry Master's candidate Sreevani Kalapala received an award for the "Best Environmental Science Research Poster" at the annual Student Symposium on the Environment held last Thursday, December 5th, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
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Chemistry Department 
WBSH 5053 
Youngstown State University 
Youngstown, OH 44555 
Phone:  330-941-3663 
Fax:  330-941-1579 
Email:  chemistry AT ysu DOT edu

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