College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Chemistry


A student majoring in Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University is introduced to all of the major subdisciplines in Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on Chemistry as a laboratory science. Consequently, a student majoring in Chemistry learns not only the basic theories of Chemistry, but also how to use experimental techniques to solve chemical problems. Students engaged in faculty-directed independent research projects apply this training in all of the subdisciplines of Chemistry.

Our chemistry curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow students with career interests in the various subdisciplines of chemistry, the health professions, business and education to design academic programs that will prepare them for achieving their goals. The expertise of our faculty spans all of the major subdisciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical) as well as interdisciplinary areas such as, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, and organometallic chemistry. The required courses for a B.S. in Chemistry provide our majors with a sound background in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subdisciplines. All of our laboratory courses are taught by the faculty and feature modern sophisticated instrumentation. Our B.S. in Chemistry degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.


Use the links below to see lists and descriptions of courses for the various undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Chemistry:


In addition to the above, the Chemical Biology major is an interdisciplinary major for students who are interested in areas of study at the interface between Biology and Chemistry.