The mission of the chemistry program at Salem State is to educate chemists who are ready for employment or graduate school. We aim to give graduates a firm foundation in each of the sub-disciplines of chemistry — Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical, and Biochemistry — and an appreciation for the relationships between these sub-disciplines. We offer chemistry majors programs in these four tracks, including a biochemistry concentration and a BS degree approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Graduates have gone on to careers at General Electric, Osram Sylvania, Genetics Institute, and Waters Corporation. Others are working on graduate degrees at Penn State, Brandeis, Brown, Tufts, and RPI.
Studying chemistry at Salem State enables students to:
Retrieve, evaluate and communicate scientific information.
Be prepared to work safely in a modern laboratory.
Use their knowledge, skills and experience to solve problems.
Work in an ethical and professional manner.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of structure and bonding, intermolecular interactions, chemical reactivity, kinetics and thermodynamics and more.
The ACS approved option is a more rigorous program, reviewed and approved by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. Upon successful completion of this program and recommendation of the faculty, you will receive a certificate from the ACS Committee on Professional Training.
The licensure only secondary science graduate program prepares students who have already completed their bachelor's degree in a STEM field for teaching careers in secondary science. New teachers in STEM fields are in critical demand across the state. The program offers a pathway to initial licensure in a range of secondary science/STEM areas, including biology (grade 8-12), chemistry (grade 8-12), earth science (grade 8-12), general science (grade 5 – 8), and mathematics/science (grade 5-8).
“My chemistry and physics degree was a gateway to graduate school and a career as a research and development scientist. After graduating from Salem State in 2009, I pursued a PhD in chemistry with a focus on electrochemistry and materials science at Northeastern University. I received my PhD in 2015.”