New Professorship in the Laboratory Sciences

Prof. Karen Castle has been selected as the first recipient of the Russell-Childers Professorship.

This position recognizes a distinguished teacher-scholar and provides resources to lead students through collaborative research and scholarship in the laboratory sciences.

Interested in Chemistry?

If you are a high school student with an interest in chemistry, consider attending Chemistry Camp at Bucknell this summer.

This program is an academically challenging, hands-on introduction to the six fields of chemistry. Camp curriculum includes classroom instruction, laboratory demonstrations and experiments, career guidance and more.

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Kevin Garcia '16

Organic metallic chemistry, anyone?

Spotlight: Kevin Garcia '16

"I have to thank Professor Stockland because he got me into organic metallic chemistry; it is so intuitive and interesting for me and I love it. My goal is to continue on to graduate school in this field, and I would be the first to do so in my family."

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Amount awarded by the National Science Foundation for four current chemistry research projects.

Our formula: small classes, one-to-one learning with faculty members, access to advanced instrumentation and undergraduate research - starting as early as your first year.

You'll find that career opportunities for chemistry majors are wide open, especially in the areas of academia, industry and government. For example, more than 90 chemistry graduates are teaching at universities and colleges, and many alumni work in the pharmaceutical industry. An accelerated four-year B.S./M.S. program and a combined cell biology/biochemistry major boost your options.

Did You Know?


Students can get involved in research with faculty mentors as early as their first year. Each summer, 25-30 students conduct research full-time for 10 weeks, often becoming co-authors on published research papers.

Our faculty are dedicated teachers who maintain rigorous research programs in their labs. Their areas of expertise include organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biophysical, biological, environmental and polymer chemistry.

To prepare students to productively participate in research as early as possible, chemistry students begin with organic chemistry, where they explore diverse chemical reactions after a brief review of general chemistry concepts. The early immersion in organic chemical reactivity sets the stage for deeper explorations of chemistry throughout the chemistry degree.

Majors instruments available to undergraduates include 400 and 600 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, an atomic force microscope, Akta Purifier FPLC systems, two research-grade mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometer, and much more.

Selected students can earn both a B.S. and an M.S. in four years. These students spend three 10-week summer sessions conducting research that forms the basis for their master's thesis. Students in the B.S./M.S. program earn the B.S. degree at the end of their senior year and the M.S. degree by successfully defending their independent thesis at the end of the summer. 

Chemistry and biology collaborate to offer an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in cell biology and biochemistry. The program leverages the faculty's strengths in molecular and structural biology, and provides a curriculum tailored to best prepare students to pursue careers throughout the life sciences.

Nearly half of all chemistry majors continue on to professional or graduate programs after Bucknell. Others pursue careers such as research chemists, teachers, technologists and physicians - even attorneys, web developers, ministers and more. With their liberal arts foundation, mentoring from faculty and research experience, chemistry majors are well prepared for a broad range of opportunities.

Faculty Spotlight


Meet all of our faculty

Will Kerber

Assistant Professor

Will Kerber

"I'm studying model reactions but I want to find a place where they are applicable. It is not that useful to study a model unless there is a real-world situation where that model applies."

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Molly McGuire

Associate Professor

Molly McGuire

"Having that opportunity to do that kind of one-on-one teaching where you are actually showing students how to do chemistry – not just learn about chemistry, but how to do chemistry – is really rewarding."

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Timothy Strein

Professor

Timothy Strein

"I feel blessed that I get to the chance to work with intelligent and energetic young people, and with students who get a kick out of the same stuff that captivates me."

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Hands-on Experience


Research

First Year Research

Students can get involved in research projects as early as their first year at Bucknell. To prepare students to productively participate in research as early as possible, chemistry students begin with organic chemistry where they explore diverse chemical reactions after a brief review of general chemistry concepts.

Research

Undergraduate Research

Our faculty are dedicated teachers who maintain rigorous research programs in their labs. Their areas of expertise include organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biophysical, biological, environmental and polymer chemistry.

Their research programs involve undergraduate and masters students. 

Research

Summer Research

Each summer, 25 to 30 chemistry students are engaged in research full time for a 10-week period. This provides time for close cooperation with a faculty mentor on the student’s personal project. 

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