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YSU Chemistry Department

Welcome to the Homepage for the YSU Chemistry Department.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates

Dante Dechellis

Nicolas Matsukas

Kayla Rektor

Wyatt Simmons

Taylor Smith

Ryan Sullivan

Robert Volan

Jordan Zackasee

Have a great summer.

 Check out the YSU Chemistry Facebook page for what’s happening in the Chemistry Department at Youngstown State University.

The BS Program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.  Please see this link for the guidelines for ACS accreditation.

Congratulations to Dr. Genna, being awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant totaling $293,943.  The award will fund a project entitled “RUI: Mechanistic Elucidation of the Formation of Secondary Building Units in Metal Organic Frameworks via Tandem Spectroscopic and Synthetic Approaches.”

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.

Many of our undergraduate students pursue graduate education in chemistry, or biochemistry find positions in industry.  Others complete professional training in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.  Masters students pursue all options as well,  including industrial positions, further graduate study and professional schools such as medical or pharmacy school.  Your options with a chemistry degree are limitless.

You can 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  courses in the core chemistry disciplines below.

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


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.  Students can use instrumentation like NMR spectometers, X-ray diffractometers, and electron microscopes starting their first year on campus .

Hear Dr. Lovelace-Cameron talk about the graduate program in Chemistry