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Chemistry Department

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.

Clubs and Activities

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


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 

Department of Chemistry Majors and Minors


Program Faculty

Explore the Core
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    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.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

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    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.