SJC's Department of Chemistry is committed to creating undergraduates who are prepared to either enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies. Our competitive curriculum follows the American Chemical Society training guidelines, and we are proud to report that our Chemistry students have had a nearly perfect placement rate in medical schools for many years, for both M.D. and D.O. programs, as well as graduate schools in chemistry and biochemistry. In addition to taking Organic Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Research in Chemistry, and other classes that are Chemistry-specific, the Department of Chemistry offers a capstone course that is designed to expose Chemistry students to areas that are not typically covered within the major, including ethics, writing, and career development. The course has become a key component of our Chemistry curriculum. By combining the SJC Chemistry curriculum with hands-on experience, the Department of Chemistry has become known for creating successful graduates.
The SJC Department of Chemistry includes our Chemistry major and minor. The Department of Chemistry also partners with our Biology-Chemistry group major, which is coordinated by the Department of Biology.
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Freshman STEM Program
The STEM fields of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have received much attention nationally and the Saint Joseph's College Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Sustainability, and Mathematics offer first-rate instruction. The Department of Chemistry participates with the other STEM departments in our Freshman STEM Program (FSP). For a select number of incoming freshman STEM majors, we host a residential boot camp the week before freshman orientation and then continue programming to aid student success throughout the fall. In the spring semester, students are invited to engage in one-on-one research with one of our faculty.
Learn more about the Freshman STEM Program.
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Student Research Options
WHY DO RESEARCH IN COLLEGE?
Employers and graduate schools look for laboratory, field method, and scientific writing skills. At SJC, student research teaches you all three. Nearly all of our recent graduates who were accepted into medical schools, physical therapy schools, and graduate programs in the sciences gained experience by doing research here at the College.
Graduate schools look for that research experience but are not necessarily looking for experience in the same area of research that a student would explore in graduate school. Since SJC faculty have diverse interests, students can participate in more than one research project over their four years. As a result, SJC students have the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with faculty and gain a greater depth of knowledge in particular subject matters. Many of our students have benefited from this.15% higher graduation rates are seen in students who do research or internships compared to students who do not.
“President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists”: President Obama Recognizes SJC Chemistry graduate Dr. Jeffrey R. Capadona ‘00