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Study the structure and reactivity of matter as it relates to the world around us

A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from USJ provides an excellent foundation to move from classroom to career, or into a medical, dental, pharmacy, or physical therapy school.

There are so many exciting things one can do with a degree or minor in Chemistry.  Our previous graduates have gone onto prestigious Ph.D. programs across the country as well as being accepted into many Pharmacy programs and Physician Assistant schools.  Some even obtain jobs right after graduation, working hands on in the chemistry field or using skills learned in other professions.

Future career opportunities with a Chemistry degree include organic chemist, college professor, Pharmacist, patent lawyer and more.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) CATALYST scholarship at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) recognizes students who have a vision for a career in STEM. Open to first-year applicants of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, ten students will be selected to receive an annual scholarship . This renewable scholarship includes access to early departmental advisement, academic support, mentored-research, coursework in scientific writing, and career networking opportunities.

  • Study from a varied and intensive curriculum
  • Enjoy small classes and laboratory sections
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of stellar faculty
  • Enhance your problem solving, quantitative skills, technology, imagination, and proficiency in written and oral communication

Internships in Chemistry

Internships are available at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, the State of Connecticut Crime Lab, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Pfizer, and Loctite Corporation, to name a few.

Major plan of study

The Chemistry program requires 37-38 credits of major class work and well as 16 credits of supporting course work, all with a grade of C or better.

Chemistry Minor

Interested in a Chemistry minor? Learn more here.


Contact: Dr. Ellen Anderson, Chair, at 860.231.5239 or [email protected]

USJ Chemistry Professor Presents at American Society for Cell Biology Conference

January 9, 2020

Reading Time: 1 minute In December, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ozlem Dilek, Ph.D., presented at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Conference in Washington, D.C. Alongside her former graduate student, Dr. Dilek presented her work on a Bioorthogonal smart probe for fluorescent imaging of carbonyl moieties in live cells. “We developed and synthesized a diagnostic small molecule probe

Beyond the Classroom: USJ’s Center for Academic Excellence

June 12, 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is a staple on the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) campus. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, the CAE staff and its peer tutors moved beyond the Center’s walls: first, by enlisting the USJ community to help reunite a military service dog with his veteran handler, and then by presenting

Jesse Crandall Chemistry

Principles of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Course

October 19, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute “Chemistry 170: Principles of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry” is a custom chemistry course offered in collaboration with the department of Nursing. Taught by Jesse Crandall, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chemistry, this class examines the basic principles of chemistry, which prepares students for future classes in biochemistry and pathopharmacology. “I really hope that students are successful

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