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Chemistry

About Our Program

Chemists are determined to understand matter at all levels. In our program, you’ll discover the basic principles of chemistry through hands-on classroom activities and cutting-edge research in our state-of-the-art labs.

You’ll work side-by-side with dedicated faculty mentors who inspire you to pursue research that contributes to solving problems of substantial social impact and concern. 

Whether you’re shooting lasers, making materials, examining microplastics, or synthesizing vitamins, your hands-on experience will prepare you for careers in medicine, dentistry, industrial research, secondary education, or graduate study.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor

Department

Science in Action

Research is a fundamental element of our program. We believe that chemistry is applicable everywhere-- the research you’ll conduct is proof of that thinking in action.

Research

Dig deeper into chemistry or pressing issues through research, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. Students in our chemistry program conduct research on the kinetics of DNA, microplastics, aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, renewable energy, and so much more. 

You might even get to conduct an independent research project in the Adirondack park like John Hoefler ’20. He took advantage of our North Country location to analyze the mercury level in Church Pond located in the Western Adirondacks to better understand the effects it has on human health. 

Summer Research at St. Lawrence

As a summer research fellow, you’ll work alongside your faculty mentor to experience the joy of discovery. You’ll also find your community as you attend weekly barbecues, go on hiking trips, and collaborate with friends in the lab.

Short-Term Off-Campus Research Fellowships

In addition to on-campus research opportunities, you’ll have the chance to pursue short-term summer research fellowships at other colleges and universities.

Students have collaborated with chemists off-campus to explore nanotechnology, solar energy, genetics, oceanography, drug discovery, and more.

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including New Zealand, Australia, and Denmark.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve your passions and interests, including: 

  • American Chemical Society
  • Chemistry Club
  • Environmental Action Organization
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • St. Lawrence University Emergency Medical Services
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Pre-Veterinary Club
  • Saint Lawrence River Alliance

St. Lawrence students who studied chemistry have gone on to study at a number of well-regarded institutions, including:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Perkin Elmer
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Virginia 
  • Vanderbilt University

Why St. Lawrence for Chemistry

96%

of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in a science field are employed or continuing their education within a year

115,000

Square feet of laboratories, learning spaces, offices, and support spaces in Johnson Hall of Science

#14

Best Science Lab Facilities in the country (The Princeton Review, 2020)

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laboratory classes taught by teaching assistants-- you’ll conduct research one-on-one with your faculty mentor

St. Lawrence students who studied chemistry have pursued careers as:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Associate Scientists 
  • Biomedical Researchers
  • Educators
  • Laboratory Technicians

100%

guarantee that you will conduct research before you graduate

28

The number of modern chemical research instruments at your disposal

10

The number of scholarships offered to high achieving, Pell grant eligible, first-year underrepresented students interested in pursuing a STEM major

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore chemistry major requirements, as well as electives.

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State-of-the-Art Research Tools

Using this new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, you’ll get hands-on research experience looking at chemicals on a molecular level.

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The Science Shop

If you can imagine it, you can build it. With the help of our on-campus workshop, you’ll have the machinery you need at your disposal to bring innovative lab tools, gadgets, and experiments to life.

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Festival of Science

Students regularly co-author and publish research papers with their faculty mentors. Share your findings at this spring event celebrating student research projects across campus.

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Liberal Arts Science Scholarship

This program offers scholarships to domestic high-achieving, Pell-grant eligible students interested in pursuing STEM majors, outside of a pre-med track, including mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and geology.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

Apply to St. Lawrence

We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.