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Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

Joseph Serafin and students.
120 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


Chemistry majors graduate with a wide choice of career possibilities as researchers and administrators in the chemical, environmental, health and pharmaceutical industries.

Whether you're considering a career in the laboratory, management or teaching, the Bachelor of Science 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, undergraduates study the growing fields of organic chemistry, organometallics and separation techniques as well as subjects ranging from Genetics to Bioorganic Chemistry. The rigorous 120-credit program explores the chemical processes that permit organisms to grow, repair damage and reproduce. You gain hands-on laboratory experience, while studying the chemical basis for organisms at the molecular level.

Available at the University's Queens campus, the Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Chemistry includes a core curriculum with three options (see Courses):

    Option I: B.S. in Chemistry
    Option II: B.S. in Chemistry with American Chemical Society Certification
    Option III: B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry

Contact Information
Joseph M. Serafin, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
[email protected]


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


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

Students also 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. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Studies

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Students majoring in Chemistry at St. John's gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of scientific concepts and principles.

They 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, students 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.

Students develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs and honor societies of particular interest to Chemistry majors include these:

  • American Chemical Society: (Student Affiliate)
  • Roger Bacon Scientific Honor Society: For biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, , psychology or environmental studies
  • 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 new 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. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

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