The Chemistry Department provides courses to serve a variety of students. The chemistry major finds a curriculum designed to impart a broad competence in the traditional areas of chemistry. Sufficient flexibility remains to allow secondary concentrations in a wide variety of other areas, such as biology, mathematics, or foreign language. The university's general requirements in the General Education Curriculum guarantee a well-rounded, liberal arts education.
Interested in teaching grade 7-12 chemistry?
At St. Bonaventure you have two paths to initial certification:
- Earn your Bachelor of Science in chemistry while completing requirements for initial certification as a chemistry teacher in grades 7-12. Learn more.
- Earn your Bachelor of Science in adolescent education with a concentration in chemistry, which also completes the requirements for initial certification as a chemistry teacher in grades 7-12. Learn more.
Possible career goals include graduate school, medical school, dental school, law school, positions in the chemical industry, government, and teaching.
The chemistry major provides excellent preparation for secondary school teaching. As highlighted above, a student has two Bachelor of Science options for obtaining their initial certification to teach chemistry in grades 7-12 in New York State. Alternately, a student may earn a traditional B.S. in chemistry and remain at St. Bonaventure to complete a Master's in adolescence education.
Science students, who are not chemistry majors, but take chemistry courses as part of their departmental requirements, develop an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry to aid in the understanding of their major field.
In all cases, the emphasis is on personal interaction between students and faculty.
Combined Degree Program
St. Bonaventure’s affiliation with the Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy allows the possibility of a chemistry major entering SBU with a reserved seat in LECOM’s Doctor of Pharmacy (D. Pharm) program. For details, please see the SBU-LECOM Combined Degree Program in Pharmacy page.
Our affiliation with George Washington University School of Medicine allows for qualified chemistry students to reserve a seat within the prestigious GW Medical Program upon admittance to St. Bonaventure for their undergraduate degree. Please see the SBU-GW Combined Degree Program page for more information.
Even more affiliations with SBU allow for reserved seating for chemistry majors at medical schools through our Franciscan Health Care Program.
100% placement rate for SBU chemistry majors in STEM fields
Our chemistry graduates have been 100% successful in obtaining science-related jobs, entry into health professional schools, and chemistry graduate programs over the past five years. Our graduates have gone on to Johns Hopkins, SUNY Buffalo, and RIT chemistry graduate programs. Our majors have also gone on to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Department of Chemistry offers a B.S. in chemistry, a B.S. in chemistry with grades 7-12 teaching certification, and a minor in chemistry.
Bachelor of Science in chemistry
The major in chemistry imparts a broad competence in the traditional areas of chemistry.
Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the chemistry major
Bachelor of Science in chemistry with teaching certification
Earn a Bachelor of Science in chemistry while completing all requirements for initial New York state certification to teach chemistry in grades 7-12.
Program details and requirements
For non-majors, the chemistry minor provides an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry to aid in the understanding of their major field.
Requirements for the chemistry minor