It's all about building connections ...
Between molecules, between students and faculty, between your passion for science and the knowledge that will help you reach your goals. Check out these links that illustrate the opportunities in our department
- 2013 Senior Research Presentations
- 2013 CSB/SJU Chemistry Awards
- View our most recent and past department newsletter, the Cavendish Chronicles, with information about our faculty, students, and alums
- Since 2010, the CSB/SJU Chemistry Department has received almost $1.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to support instrument acquistion, scholarships for underrepresented students, curriculum revision, and research!
- With the help of a $200,000 Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Sciences grant from the National Science Fondation, we are deploying a brand new and transformative chemistry curriculum with courses that intergrate the five subdiscplines of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry as well as biochemistry).
- Our diverse faculty mentor students in undergraduate research project in areas such as nanoparticles, medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry.
- Our chemistry department ranked 16th out of 914 liberal arts institutions for graduates who have gone on to receive their Ph.D. in chemistry.
- Peterson's Top Colleges for Science lists our science and math programs among the best in the nation.
Overview of Program
Students interested in chemistry and biochemistry will have a chance to study these fields in an integrated and modern way!
- After an introductory course in chemical structure and properties, students will take foundational level courses that will show how chemical structure can be used to explain organic, inorganic and biochemical reactions, and how these chemicals and their reactions can be quantitated and modeled mathematically.
- Students will take a series of labs, starting in their first semester of their first year, in which they learn important techinques and skills in separation, analysis, synthesis, and modeling of chemical and their reaction products.
- You will do sophisticated instrumental analysis (NMR, IR, and UV/Vis spectroscopy, and MS) and chemical separations (low pressure chromatograhy, GC, HPLC) starting in your first year.
- After foundation level courses and labs, you will take in-depth classes and a junior year integrated lab that will prepare you for senior year research.
- You can chose to specialize within chemistry by choosing from three concentrations (chemical biology, environmental chemistry, and materials/industrial chemistry) as well as becoming certified by the American Chemical Society.
These choices will prepare you for many possibilities, including graduate level study in chemistry or biochemistry, as well as advanced education and careers in any of the medical fields, secondary education, patent law, government service, and environmental science.
Stephanie Roe, a double major in Chemistry and Music composition, is well suited to the liberal arts environment of CSB/SJU. "My two majors give me a perfect balance between the analytical and the creative. My professors in both subjects have been incredibly supportive as I follow my interdisciplinary college path." Read more
Jeff Bandar (SJU 09), received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and a NSF Predoctoral Fellowship which he is using to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University.