About Our Program
In our pre-health chemistry program, you'll meet the requirements of medical, veterinarian, dental, and other health-specific post-baccalaureate programs while having the flexibility to explore your interests beyond the classroom.
You’ll work side-by-side with dedicated faculty as you discover the basic principles of chemistry through hands-on classroom activities and cutting-edge research in our nationally-ranked science lab facilities. Under the guidance of expert mentors, you'll navigate everything from course planning and extracurricular activities to job-shadowing opportunities and medical school applications.
Whether you’re synthesizing vitamins, shooting lasers, or examining health in society, you'll be well equipped for careers in medicine, dentistry, or chemistry.
Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career
Ask questions and build a support system in this program dedicated to empowering you on your career path. Expert faculty in health and medicine will help you navigate everything from course planning and extracurricular activities to job-shadowing opportunities and medical school applications.
Dig deeper into chemistry or pressing issues through research, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. Students have conducted 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.
An off-campus adventure helps you expand your appreciation of people, cultures, and history through thoughtful conversations and celebrating traditions. Explore out global classrooms and choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Sweden, Denmark, and Kenya, where students will find public health-related internships.
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.
Find Your Community
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
- SLU EMS
- St. Lawrence University Emergency Medical Services
- The Advocates
- Pre-Health Club
- Pre-Veterinary Club
Why St. Lawrence for Pre-health Chemistry
of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in a science field are employed or continuing their education within a year
Square feet of nationally-ranked laboratories, learning spaces, offices, and support spaces in Johnson Hall of Science
Thanks to the support of fellow students and faculty mentors, St. Lawrence's pre-health mentoring program empowers first-year students to embrace all aspects of their liberal arts college experience—including sports, off-campus study opportunities, extracurriculars, and elective courses—as preparation for a career in healthcare after graduation. Read the Story.
laboratory classes taught by teaching assistants-- you’ll conduct research one-on-one with your faculty mentor
The number of scholarships offered to high achieving, Pell grant eligible, first-year underrepresented students interested in pursuing a STEM major
Health in Society
Explore health and medicine beyond the molecular level in these courses:
- Zombies, Epidemics & Illnesses in Francophone World
- Dealing with the Dead
- Health and Healing in Africa
- Global Public Health
- Against Health: Rhetoric & the Health Humanities
- Biomedical Ethics
- Health Psychology
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Program Requirements & Courses
Explore pre-health chemistry major requirements, as well as electives.
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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.
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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