Chemistry Major & Minor
Stonehill adeptly combines technical training with the liberal arts so that its graduating chemistry majors are not only superb scientists but also well-rounded lifelong learners.
Combining a Cutting-edge Approach with Time-tested Methodology
Stonehill’s Chemistry program covers the traditional chemical disciplines as well as those disciplines that will have the strongest impact on society in the future. Students learn to think broadly, creatively and independently.
Degree Options to Suit Your Goals
The Chemistry B.S. is designed for students desiring a thorough background in the field of chemistry in preparation for either graduate school or industrial employment in which the main focus of the work is in chemistry. A bachelor’s degree qualifies graduates for entry-level positions such as:
- Research associate
- Quality control chemist
- Environmental and regulatory compliance chemist
A doctoral degree is required to oversee basic industry research, to supervise government laboratories and for college and university faculty positions.
The Chemistry B.A. is appropriate for students interested in professional school, direct employment in industry, or entry into a non-traditional field combining the knowledge of chemistry with another discipline. This degree provides the flexibility to double major or minor in another field of study, for example education. Professional schools attended by graduates include:
Nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs
Stonehill College offers a 3+2 Engineering Program in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame. Students in the 3+2 Engineering Program receive a B.A. in Chemistry from Stonehill College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
The Chemistry minor provides a strong understanding of fundamental principles and techniques of chemistry as well as the application of those principles to biological, environmental and industrial processes.
The Flexibility to Pursue Other Interests
One aspect that sets Stonehill’s Chemistry program apart from others is that students have a chance to do more than just science. If they are pursuing a second major or are involved in athletics, the Department does its best to adjust class schedules to try to accommodate students. Many schools only offer labs in the afternoon, which forces some students to choose between athletics and science. Stonehill offers labs in both the morning and the afternoon.
Three Things to Know About the Program
Unless they are in class or a meeting, chemistry faculty members are almost always in their offices at any given time on weekdays, and they are available to students at other times by text, email, phone and social media. Every student is known on a personal level by several professors.
The Department also tailors its offerings to meet your scheduling needs. This helps make Stonehill more cost effective than other schools, where it’s more likely to take more than four years to graduate, driving up tuition and boarding costs.
At Stonehill, science students get to use equipment that, at other schools, is often only available to faculty or graduate students. A High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, for example, is a $230,000 instrument that our chemistry majors are using the first semester of their first year.
Graduate & Professional School Placements
Over half of Stonehill chemistry and biochemistry graduates continue their education in graduate or professional school.
Stonehill chemistry graduates have found employment as analytical chemists, synthetic chemists and pharmaceutical chemists. We also have recent graduates teaching chemistry and others working as forensic chemists.