Andrew Josling '19, Julia Brown '19, Dr. Maria Carroll Ph.D, Assistant Professor Biochemistry, Hanna Bovill '19, Andrew Dillon '19, Research, Labs, Academics, Faculty Albertus Magnus Hall, Al Mag Hall

Chemistry and Biochemistry

What makes studying the “central science” at PC a good decision? Close mentoring from faculty experts. Hands-on research experiences. State-of-the-art instrumentation. Active-learning pedagogies. And in a supportive, inclusive environment that all students can call home.


Why become a Friar Chemist or Biochemist?

We are committed to providing students with a life-changing experience in their chosen degree program. Our curriculum emphasizes active-learning and technology-enhanced teaching, foundational laboratory instruction in each sub-discipline, and independent and/or collaborative undergraduate research experiences as early as the first year.

You will be supported at every turn by faculty mentors and your fellow majors, you will be able to think critically and reflectively about the natural and physical world, you will be able to communicate scientific work through peer-reviewed publication or presentation at national meetings, and you will graduate ready to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

Need more reasons?

Our courses are taught only by faculty who have earned Ph.D.s at leading institutions.
Our alumni routinely pursue advanced degrees at leading universities like CalTech, Columbia, MIT, and Stanford.
Students in all of our degree programs learn by actively doing chemistry.
Our seminar program brings prominent chemists to campus to engage with students.
Technology-enhanced classrooms mean modern teaching methods are integrated into all course levels.
Every student is given walk-up access to research-grade instrumentation.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
By the Numbers


in grant money awarded over the past decade.


publications published with PC undergraduates over the past decade


accreditations by professional societies (ACS and ASBMB)


students involved in paid summer research over the past four years.


hours of laboratory training conducted by every graduating senior.


percent of graduates employed and/or in advanced schooling within six-months.

Alumni Spotlight: Eddie Martucci’s ’04 Mind Games


On paper, Eddie Martucci ’04 is a biochemist. He earned three degrees – a bachelor’s from PC and a master’s and Ph.D. from Yale – all in biochemistry. But in practice, Martucci is a Renaissance man of sorts – an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and scientist who combines seemingly dissimilar specialties to create biomedical breakthroughs.

Read more about Martucci’s achievements and thoughts about how PC prepared him for his career.

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