Concord University Introduces New Chemistry Curriculum

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 20 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405




ATHENS, W.Va. – The chemistry program at Concord University has developed a new curriculum that allows students greater flexibility to prepare them for a wider range of careers.     


The new curriculum is aligned with recommendations from the American Chemical Society and allows students to complete foundational coursework in each of the five major branches of chemistry: Analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry.


The program includes a new optional concentration in biochemistry that integrates molecular biology and chemistry and prepares students for admission to medical school or for biochemical or pharmaceutical research. A new concentration in geochemistry integrates geology and chemistry for students interested in environmental careers. A more traditional track in professional chemistry prepares students for careers in the chemical industry.


The program also includes a 3+1 Health Sciences option that allows students to complete three years of coursework at Concord followed by off-campus residency at a School of Pharmacy or a School of Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Technology.


“For many students, this new and more flexible program will help them to have a clear understanding of what the career choices are for professionals in science-related fields,” stated Dr. Alice Hawthorne Allen, Interim Dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Health.   


“They are more likely to make informed decisions about possible career paths and persist as committed employees upon hiring. Science is becoming far more interdisciplinary than ever and these programs are designed to help prepare our students for change in the workplace now and for the next 50 years,” she said.


For additional information please contact Dr. Joseph Allen, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Sciences, at or 304-384-5238 or visit




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