Department of Chemistry offers students mentorship and a wide range of opportunities

Chemistry is a basic science that is continually making important contributions to technological and social progress. The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education and research. Majors in chemistry will find upper-level chemistry classes small with close student-faculty working relationships. They will also gain valuable hands-on experiences that will develop their scientific skills. Our faculty work on a wide range of topics, and students are encouraged to participate in research projects under faculty guidance.  

Our programs satisfy a wide range of student career interests, and we assist in placing our students in competitive summer research programs and internships at top scientific institutions such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  After graduation, our students go on to further their education in Professional School (Medical, Dental, Physical Therapy, or Pharmacy) and Graduate School Programs that provide tuition and stipend, as well as gain employment in the sciences.

The Chemistry Department offers several programs that lead to the B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and chemical physics (joint program with Physics). All students pursuing their B.S. in chemistry will fulfill the American Chemical Society (ACS) requirements for professional training and receive an ACS-certified degree. To learn more about the benefits of a ACS-certified degree, visit the Committee on Professional Training. For those wishing to broaden their scientific understanding, the department also offers a minor in chemistry or environmental chemistry.

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    The Department of Chemistry offers a variety of programs to satisfy a wide range of student career interests.

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    Students accepted to the Department of Chemistry are invited to explore their academic and career goals within a faith-based liberal arts education.

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    Student Life

    Working closely with our faculty, students in the Department of Chemistry are afforded many opportunities to develop their scientific communication and technical skills outside of the classroom.

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    Faculty and Research

    The Chemistry Department has five full-time Ph.D. chemists who teach all of the courses offered by the department, three retired/emeritus faculty members, a research faculty member, and a full-time laboratory manager.

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    Alumni and Giving

    Many alumni of the Department of Chemistry stay connected to the department as they pursue their professional careers.

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    About Us

    The Department of Chemistry at The Catholic University of America offers several programs that lead to the B.A. or B.S. degree.

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