St. Bonaventure University

Chemistry Program

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?

Earn your Bachelor of Science in chemistry while completing requirements for initial certification as a chemistry teacher in grades 7-12. Learn more.


Why choose chemistry?

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. Please see the Adolescence Education page for details about the two paths students may take at St. Bonaventure to obtain certification.

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.

Science and Art

Encouraged by SBU to "keep doing what you're passionate about," Griffin Kramer is majoring in chemistry and music.

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.

Program information

The Department of Chemistry offers a B.S. in chemistry 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

  • Chemistry minor

    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

    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 math in grades 7-12.

    Program details and requirements

    News, Publications & Research
      May 13, 2021 | A manuscript by Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, has been published in The Journal of Colloid and Interface Science Open, the open-access journal published by Elsevier, a Netherlands-based publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content.

      Jan 14, 2021 | The biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure University has been approved for accreditation by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) through 2027.

      Oct 27, 2020 | Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry, along with researchers at Wright State University and University at Buffalo, have had a manuscript published by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, the international journal for interdisciplinary research between inorganic chemistry and related subjects.