Department of Chemistry at Saint Joseph's University

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Joseph's University offers courses in the traditional areas of chemistry as well as interdisciplinary topics including biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry and organometallic chemistry. The department is a community of faculty, staff, students and alumni dedicated to excellence in chemical education.

The chemistry department offers learning and research opportunities in traditional and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry. Our department encourages students to become involved in faculty-directed independent research projects during both the academic year and the summer. Alumni gifts, as well as local industry and research grants from federal agencies and private foundations, provide the financial support for this work. Students regularly publish their results in scientific journals and present at regional and national meetings, where many have gone on to receive awards and recognition for their work. Just as importantly, the department has an active summer research program, in which faculty and undergraduate researchers work together to investigate problems of current interest.

Our faculty and staff go above and beyond to help students achieve success. Faculty, who teach all of the laboratory courses, are well respected in the chemistry industry and bring a wide range of applicable experience from previously held high-level positions and hands-on experience working in labs. Meanwhile, our curriculum prepares graduates to choose a wide range of career paths, with many securing direct employment after graduation. Students have pursued graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry, professional degrees in the health sciences and graduate studies in business, law, theater and more.


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Our faculty are experts in their field and are committed to helping students reach their academic and career goals. 

News and announcements

Usha Rao, Ph.D., Wants to Break Down Barriers for Women in STEMThe Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will be awarding Saint Joseph’s Usha Rao, Ph.D., with the 2021 Elizabeth Bingham Mentorship Award. As a woman, person of color and immigrant who is deeply embedded into the world of STEM, Rao is determined to do what she can to make STEM careers more accessible to the students she works with.

Student Chemists Raise Funds for New Equipment: To continue their important work, chemistry students have banded together to launch a campaign through SJU Crowdfunding that will raise funds for a new Series 400 Isothermal Gas Chromatograph, colloquially known as a GC.

SJU Chemistry Major Selected as Goldwater Scholar: Elise Brutschea ’19, a John P. McNulty Scholar and chemistry major at Saint Joseph’s University, has been named a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner. Brutschea has worked with Mark Forman, Ph.D., chair and professor of chemistry, since the summer after her freshman year where they studied the effects of bond-angle distortion on alkenes, a class of molecules containing a carbon-carbon double bond.

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