- 1According to The Princeton Review, “The skills you will learn as a Chemistry major will be applicable to any number of fields, ranging from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology to environ- mentalism. You will gain a greater understanding as to how the physical world operates and what we can do to improve and advance the way we live and work.”
- 2With a degree in Chemistry, career opportunities are available in many areas, including education, research, laboratories, quality control, and product testing. Many Chemistry scholars choose to continue their education and enroll in medical, dental, and law schools, as well as earn post-graduate degrees in various areas.
- 3Theodore E. Brown, chemist and author, refers to Chemistry as the “central science.” According to Brown, Chemistry is the only branch of science that is connected to both physical and life or applied sciences.
Why Study Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s College?
As a liberal arts institution, SJC strives togive students experiences outside of their field of study. Although SJC Chemistry students take Organic Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Research in Chemistry, and other classes that are typical to the major, Chemistry majors also participate in a capstone course that discusses areas not normally covered in Chemistry, including ethics, writing, and career development. The course includes literature research, which teaches students how to read journal articles, and gives students opportunities to prepare presentations, which helps them professionally. The course has become a key component in our Chemistry curriculum and is taught every two years.
Note for those interested in teaching Chemistry: Majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Education will allow you to teach middle or high school physical science, chemistry, and physics. If you want to teach life science, SJC recommends double minoring in Biology and Education; if you want to teach earth and/or space science, double minor in Earth and Space Science and Education.
At SJC, we take pride in being able to provide our students with hands-on experiences starting year one. Chemistry students begin working with equipment during their freshman year. The Chemistry faculty members also encourage students to take part in internships. Our Chemistry students have recently held internships with Eli Lilly and the American Institute of Toxicology (AIT) Laboratories in Indianapolis.
Dedication to Excellence
Our competitive curriculum follows the American Chemical Society’s training guidelines. Since the Department of Chemistry has had a nearly perfect placement rate in graduate and medical schools, including both M.D. and D.O. programs, for many years, statistics speak for our program’s success. Many of our students participate in internships with major firms, such as ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, AIT Laboratories, and Aileron Therapeutics. SJC Chemistry alumni hold careers in optometry, research, teaching, medicine, and pharmacy.
Faculty and Class Size
The Department of Chemistry consists of professors who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. For example, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Cheryl Wistrom is a registered pharmacist. In order ensure that they are having the maximum impact on their students, the Chemistry faculty embrace up-to-date teaching and learning methods, such as group learning and appropriate classroom technologies. Group learning, individual study, and personal attention from the faculty give students the tools to succeed in their profession and in life. Chemistry faculty head SJC’s annual Science Olympiad Regional Tournament for middle school and high school students and invite SJC students to assist.
General introductory Chemistry classes can have as many as 50 students. However, the upper-level classes may have as few as three students. Higher level courses require more specialized equipment; therefore, the classes must be kept small. For example, CHM 367: Physical Chemistry typically has four students. Small classes provide each student individualized attention and allow professors to get to know the students. Thus, our Chemistry faculty often write personalized letters of recommendation for their students.