Chemistry Department

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Department Highlights

  • 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.