As a Chemistry major, you will graduate with a wide array of career possibilities in the chemical, environmental, health, and pharmaceutical industries.
Whether you are considering a career in laboratory research, education, or management, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry at St. John’s offers you a comprehensive education in the sciences. You can also pursue a combined B.S/M.S. degree in Chemistry.
Along with traditional classes, you study the growing fields of organic chemistry, organometallics, and separation techniques, as well as subjects ranging from genetics to bioorganic chemistry.
Available at the University's Queens campus, the B.S. Chemistry programs includes a core curriculum with three options:
As a Chemistry major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate programs in the School of Education.
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
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As a Chemistry major at St. John's, you gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of scientific concepts and principles.
You learn and are mentored by an enormously gifted, internationally-known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress. Faculty encourage students to serve as research partners in the University's recently upgraded chemistry laboratories.
For example, you may conduct research in the Chemistry department's five specialized teaching laboratories, which feature high-tech 400 MHz NMR equipment. The primary instrument room includes the latest IR Spectrophotometers, a GC-MS, UV-Vis Spectrophotometers, a Fluorescence Spectrometer, a Differential Scanning Calorimeter and two HPLC's.
To earn a B.S. in Chemistry, you complete 120-credits, including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. The major sequence and elective requirements are outlined below.
All Chemistry students complete the major requirements below. You also may select Option I, II, or III.
In addition to the Chemistry major sequence, all science majors take the following:
The B.S. Chemistry programs includes a core curriculum with three options:
Select one of the following:
Or a 100 level graduate CHE course
Select one of the following in addition to CHE 3390:
We highly recommend the following electives:
You gain a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of our more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs and honor societies of particular interest to Chemistry majors include:
The Skull and Circle Honor Society and the Lambda Kappa Phi Honor Society annually select students from St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who combine scholarship, integrity, and dedicated service to the St. John's community.
Every student at St. John's benefits from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources including high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, and a full-service food court.
All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.
Dr. Stepan, a Chemistry major, played on the Men’s Soccer team under heralded coach David Masur ’03Ed.D., whom he considers a profound influence. “He constantly pushed us to our limits, and sometimes a little bit beyond,” Dr. Stepan explained. “That was instrumental in overcoming any difficulties I had with academics, and the lessons he taught served me well in my career. He definitely made me more resilient.”
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The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides you with a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for graduate school or a career in health, or the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or cosmetic industries.
The program gives students a thorough understanding of the scientific theory and advanced laboratory research techniques vital to success in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Students also receive valuable internship experience in this revolutionary field.
Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers an intensive, accelerated combined degree program leading to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years of full-time study.
The Ph.D. program in Biology at St. John’s delivers comprehensive knowledge of the biological sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.
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St. John’s University admits selected academically talented high school seniors as biology majors and, simultaneously, to candidacy for admission to the professional Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) program at SUNY College of Optometry. Admission to this accelerated program may allow you to graduate with both B.S. and O.D. degrees in only seven years, rather than the usual eight.
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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences provides an interdisciplinary academic program of study that fosters competencies in areas related to biomedical sciences, health sciences, as well as core competencies in the liberal arts and sciences and prepares students for health professions and graduate programs.
Earn your Chemistry Minor from St. John's University!
The Department of Chemistry offers an intensive, accelerated, combined degree program leading to both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in five years of full time study.
The widely-respected Master of Science (M.S.) program in Chemistry at St. John’s will prepare you for a career in industry, education, government laboratories, or private research, or to pursue a doctoral degree in the field.
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The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making integrates coursework from across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, among others to prepare you for opportunities in a rapidly evolving global community.
Physical Science is a flexible major that can include physics, chemistry, and mathematics. It is a desirable path for pre-medical and other pre-health professional studies. Very often, this is taken as a second major along with a major in Biology.
The combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Physics and Business Administration offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
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Physics is a demanding but rewarding major that leads to an exciting array of career opportunities, as well as further graduate study.
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