Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

fluorsecent research The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides you with the academic basis for careers in biochemistry, food science, forensic science, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and other scientific fields. It also prepares you for graduate work in chemistry or in the other sciences. In this major, you will acquire important skills and methods for scientific research, analysis, and synthesis. This course of study also relates the usefulness of chemistry to other scientific disciplines.

Strengths of the program:

  • Routinely work one-on-one with faculty members
  • Small class size
  • Up-to-date equipment
  • Student engagement and training in modern methods and practical experience

Chemistry Minor

A minor in Chemistry is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work, including Principles of Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, and one elective.


Student assisting in chemistry research projectJosé Azcona '12 works with air-sensitive materials using balloons of nitrogen or argon for Dr. Nick Benfaremo's research project on fluorescence.






In the news

Newest science grant enhances chemistry laboratory experience

The National Science Foundation has awarded Saint Joseph's a three-year $198,000 grant to enhance lab instruction throughout the chemistry curriculum with the use of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Chemistry professor Nick Benfaremo, the lead investigator, says new spectrometers from the grant will give students another way to examine molecules and allow professors to introduce experiments that build on each other from freshman to senior year.  

Professor gets funding for fluorescent research project

Professor Benfaremo is part of a five-member team of area scientist awarded a $360,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation for fluorescent research