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Chemistry, Bachelor of Science



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:

  • B.S. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with American Chemical Society Certification
  • B.S. in Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration 

As a Chemistry major, you may be eligible to pursue pathways to graduate programs in the School of Education.

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Joseph M. Serafin, Ph.D.
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For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.


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.

Major Sequence — 45 to 49 Credits

All Chemistry students complete the major requirements below. You also may select Option I, II, or III.

CHE  1210General Chemistry I5
CHE  1220General Chemistry II5
CHE  2230Organic Chemistry I5
CHE  2240Organic Chemistry II5
CHE  3250Quantitative Analysis4
CHE  3270Physical Chemistry I3
CHE  3280Physical Chemistry II3
CHE  3300Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis4
CHE  3321Experimental Physical Chemistry3
CHE  3340Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHE  4341Introduction to Inorganic Synthesis2

In addition to the Chemistry major sequence, all science majors take the following:

MTH1730 4
MTH1740 4
PHY1930 4
PHY1940 4

Option I — 45 Credits

Select one of the following:

CHE3330 3
CHE4351 3
CHE4361 3
CHE4903 3
CHE3390 3
Or a 100 level graduate CHE course

Option II (American Chemical Society Certification) — 49 Credits

Select one of the following in addition to CHE 3390:

CHE3330 3
CHE4351 3
CHE4361 3
CHE4903 3
CHE3420 3
CHE3431 3
Or a 100 level graduate CHE course

Option III (Biochemistry Concentration) — 49 Credits

Select one of the following:

CHE3390 3
BIO3470 3

We highly recommend the following electives:

CHE3330 3
BIO3320 3


Career Outcomes

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the opportunity to obtain practical experience and networking connections through valuable internships at top companies throughout the New York metropolitan area. Please visit Career Services for more information. 

Global Approach to Education

You benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Education

Additional Information

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.

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:

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Roger Bacon Scientific Honor Society
  • Watson Pre-Health Honor Society

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.