Chemistry is the central science that ties together
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Chemistry is the central science that ties together biology, engineering, astronomy, environment, medicine, and physics. Everything you can imagine involves chemistry, which is why a degree in chemistry can help you find work in various careers, including food scientist, biomedical engineer, medicine, and more.


Why Study Chemistry at CSB+SJU?

As a chemistry student at CSB and SJU, one of our biggest priorities is helping you succeed. Our introductory courses include both a professor and a teaching assistant to ensure you get the foundational support you need. There are also plenty of free tutoring options for all foundation chemistry courses and labs, as well as one-on-one tutoring with student tutors.

When you study chemistry, you will complete research alongside our diverse faculty in areas such as nanomaterials, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. Our unique laboratory curriculum is set up to get hands-on instrument experience and learn several common lab skills starting in their first lab. This allows them to be extremely competitive applicants for paid summer research positions all over the country or world, including Costa Rica and Germany. The research you complete while at CSB and SJU will help you set you apart.


Program Overview

Our chemistry majors participate in a nationally proven interactive pedagogy that combines hybrid learning with a mix of pre-class video, readings, short lectures, and workbook activities with teams. This is woven in with our hands-on laboratory classes, where students work alongside faculty.

Students in the chemistry department are very active in Chemistry Club. This group organizes outreach events, oversees a mentor program, holds study sessions for finals, and is actively involved in the on-campus Science Olympics.

Meet the Profs


Hands-On Learning

Research, Department Newsletter, SharePoint

Student Resources

Life as a Chemistry Major

Learning Outcomes
The chemistry concentrations in chemical biology, environmental chemistry and material/industrial chemistry will be gradually discontinued beginning Fall 2023. Students who were enrolled at CSB and SJU prior to Fall 2023 will be able to continue in these concentrations and all appropriate opportunities will be available to them through Spring 2026. All students can continue to major and minor in chemistry and pursue concentrations in ACS certification.
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Alicia Peterson
Chair, Chemistry Department
CSB Ardolf Science Center 123 and 246