Chemistry Major

EMU’s chemistry curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in the major areas of chemistry – organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.

An additional aim is to provide the opportunity for research experience for the student majoring in chemistry.

Thus, EMU chemistry provides a broad chemical background suitable for entry into a wide variety of career options- from industrial plastics chemist to pharmaceutical technician- and a solid preparation for study at the graduate level in chemistry, biochemistry, or related area.

Advisors: Stephen Cessna and Tara Kishbaugh

Chemistry Education

Secondary science educators are some of the most sought-after professionals on the job market today. EMU’s program in chemistry with secondary education licensure prepares students to be both well-prepared chemists, and outstanding educators.

EMU’s department of education is highly respected as one of the top in the state.

Students in this program take all the requirements needed for the regular chemistry major, and also take several classes in education. In their senior year, students do a full semester of student teaching in one of the nearby school districts.

Learn more about chemistry and secondary education licensure at EMU

Advisor: Stephen Cessna


Some of the most dramatic scientific advances in recent years have been in our understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms. For instance, the phenomenal advances in molecular biology have opened door to a wide range of biomedical and agricultural applications that were not imagined several decades ago, while at the same time presenting a range of bioethical concerns.

The departments of chemistry and biology cooperate in offering students the option of concentrating their studies on this dynamic field by majoring in biochemistry. This rigorous program is geared towards giving students a fundamental knowledge in the molecular basis of biological processes.

Students take coursework involving a combination of chemistry and biology courses, culminating in a two-semester advanced biochemistry series, and including a research laboratory experience.

Recent graduates of EMU’s biochemistry program are enrolled in medical schools or in graduate programs, or are working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Advisors: Stephen Cessna, Tara Kishbaugh, Matthew Siderhurst