Dr. Jeffrey Capadona '00


Do you dream of becoming a doctor? Are you interested in engineering? Do you want to teach the subject you are passionate about? Do you enjoy doing research? If the answer is yes to any of these, SJC’s Chemistry major is a perfect place for you to start. In order to help you reach your goal, our Chemistry courses are designed to give students knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of Chemistry, knowledge of safety procedures, skills in communicating as a science professional, and an appreciation of Chemistry.     Photo: Chemistry graduate Dr. Jeffrey Capadona '00 received the highest honor from the US government for science and engineering professionals early in their careers.



BS in Chemistry (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Secondary education certification is available

Why Chemistry?

  • 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.

Careers in Chemistry

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Ball State University

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

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, 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.  

Kris Krouse ’02

Kris Krouse '02

Kris majored in Biology and Geology (Group Major) and minored in Chemistry. He is Executive Director of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a not-for-profit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural areas.


Kris says: "Faculty gave me a firm appreciation for what it means to have a passion for your profession. At SJC, I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.