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Active-learning. Faculty mentorship. Hands-on research from day one. State-of-the-art instrumentation. All in a supportive, inclusive environment that students can call home. It’s this distinctive combination of characteristics that sets the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry apart from other programs. Here, you’ll be guided at every turn by faculty experts and your fellow majors, who will challenge you to think critically and reflectively about the natural and physical world. It’s not uncommon for our undergraduates to publish scientific work in peer-reviewed journals or present at national meetings. These student-driven experiences result in graduates ready to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, in the field or in prestigious graduate programs.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Science Complex 104

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DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science Chemistry

This program is for students who are interested in advanced graduate degrees or employment as a chemist in the chemical/pharma industry immediately upon graduation. Every student will receive at least 400 hours of hands-on work in the teaching laboratory. Additional opportunities are available for students who are interested in undergraduate research.

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Bachelor of Science Biochemistry

This program is excellent preparation for students who are interested in research and advanced study, employment in the biotech/pharma industry, or for those who may be interested in the health professions. Students will combine introductory courses in chemistry and biology with advanced lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry. Opportunities also exist to conduct original research with a faculty member.

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Bachelor of Arts Chemistry

This degree program is more flexible than our B.S. degrees, with fewer required courses in chemistry. This enables students to tailor their curriculum to meet their individual needs. Students frequently use this option if they plan to double major in another discipline, if they are interested in the health professions, or wish to combine a science degree with more focused offerings at PC, such as the Business Innovation minor.

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Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education – Chemistry

This degree program is designed for students who want to teach chemistry at the high school level. Courses for the B.A. in Chemistry are combined with specialized courses in Education and a student teaching component to prepare students to become effective chemistry teachers.

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FACULTY

Our distinguished faculty members have work published in leading scientific journals and nationally recognized publications and have earned terminal degrees from the countries top research universities, including Cornell, Illinois, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, University of California San Diego, and UPenn.

MEET THE Chemistry and Biochemistry FACULTY

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

$1M

in grant money awarded over the past decade.

15

publications published with PC undergraduates over the past decade

2

accreditations by professional societies (ACS and ASBMB)

>50

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

400

hours of laboratory training conducted by every graduating senior.

100

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

ALUMNI REFLECTION

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

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AFTER PC

Combining your chemistry or biochemistry degree with the broad-based liberal arts education we offer at PC will prepare you for an increasingly diverse set of career options, a rapidly changing economy, and a highly competitive job market.

95%

of 2018-2022 chemistry and biochemistry graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

67%

are employed only

23%

are attending school only

5%

are employed and attending school

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

Charm Sciences, Inc.
Emergent Biosolutions
GSK
Isotope Laboratories
Lifespan
Massachusetts General Hospital
Merck

National Institutes of Health
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Pfizer
Sanofi
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Wave Life Sciences

Selected Graduate Schools

Boston College
Colorado State University
Drexel College of Medicine
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
University of California-San Diego
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania

ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Kenneth Overly

Associate Professor / Department Chair
SCI 0104
401.865.1956
koverly@providence.edu