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Chemistry major and minor at Mount St. Mary's University



Discoveries and improvements in chemistry can reshape and improve the lives of countless people. Chemists work each day to make sure drinking water is clean, pharmaceutical drugs are made safer and more effective, and the possibility of a chemical disaster is kept to a minimum.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The chemistry program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

Learn about the School of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

While working toward a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Mount, you’ll learn about organic chemistry and carbon-containing molecule compound chemistry, inorganic chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, gases and thermochemistry. You’ll also study physical chemistry as it relates to quantum and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics. Additionally, introductory biochemistry and analytical chemistry, including analyzing inorganic elements and organic compounds in environmental, forensic and industrial applications will also be covered.

You’ll gain lab experience, developing techniques that will improve your research skills, enhancing your application to graduate school or providing a skill set for a career in industry.

With a chemistry degree from the Mount, you’ll have the education and experience necessary to pursue a career as a materials scientist developing prosthetics to aid patient mobility, an environmental chemist for a federal government agency, or a chemical engineer working to improve pesticides.

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Nicholas Starvaggi, Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2021

I became involved with Dr. Isaac Mills' research as a freshman, and this opportunity helped me gain hands-on experience with practical, inorganic chemistry. The discipline I've gained through performing on-campus research as an undergraduate student has equipped me to be an active member of my graduate research group.

Nicholas Starvaggi, C'21 Pursuing doctorate in Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Where chemistry majors go.

Mount St. Mary’s students with a degree in chemistry have an opportunity to attend a specialized STEM career fair each year, and have gone on to work for organizations such as:

  • NIH
  • AstraZeneca
  • Northrop Grumman
  • BioReliance

Mount grads also pursue graduate degrees at such institutions as: 

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Georgetown University
  • Colorado St. University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Illinois
  • Urbana-Champaign

And have been awarded:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award
mary yenca

The people make the Mount so special, from the students, who I feel lucky to consider my second family, to the incredibly supportive faculty who have become my mentors. I knew from my first visit to the Mount that I wanted to be a part of such a close-knit, welcoming community.

Mary Yenca, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Doctoral Student in Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

The Mount’s chemistry minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a political science major and work with government agencies to shape regulatory policy, a biology degree to pursue a career as a cell biologist for a research lab, or a communication major and keep the public informed about how your company is making a safer product.

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Osteopathic Medicine Dual Degree

The osteopathic medicine dual degree program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree from the Mount in four years and go directly on to earn a doctoral degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) during the next four years.


Meet Our Faculty

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Dana Pirone Ward, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Professor of Biology

Patricia Kreke

Patricia Kreke

Director of Health Professions / Professor

Patrick Lombardi

Patrick Lombardi

Associate Professor

Danny Miles

Danny Miles


Isaac Mills

Isaac Mills

Associate Professor

Kaitlyn Stepler

Kaitlyn Stepler

Assistant Professor

William Wood

William Wood

Environmental Health & Safety Officer / Lab Manager


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