Division: Natural Science
Chemistry - The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of a substance.
Do you like experiments? Why should you have to experiment with your future?
Fact 1: Chemistry is more than just studying solids, liquids, and a lot of hot air
Fact 2: A degree in Chemistry will assist you in the development of critical-thinking, logical, and problem-solving skills.
Fact 3: With a degree in Chemistry, you can pursue a career in various areas, including education, research, laboratories, quality control, and product testing. Many chemistry scholars choose to continue their education and enroll into medical, dental, and law schools, as well as earn post-graduate degrees in a variety of different areas.
Why Chemistry at SJC?
Variety: Chemistry courses offered at SJC are designed for the student to attain skills such as:
- Knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, basic instrumentation, and analytic and synthetic methods used in chemistry
- Knowledge and use of safety procedures and respect for hazardous chemicals and their interaction with the environment
- Skills in problem-solving, accessing and organizing information, and communicating as a science professional
- An appreciation of the importance of the field of chemistry to today's society.
Physical Science Teaching: The Chemistry major coupled with a minor in education will lead to a license to teach physical science (chemistry and physics) at the middle school and high school levels. A second license to teach Life Science can be obtained with a minor in Biology or a second license in Earth/Space Science can be obtained with a minor in Earth and Space Science.
Dedication to Excellence: At SJC, you will be challenged. Chemistry students at SJC spend much of their time in the newly renovated laboratories, outside the classroom gaining field experience, and in the library doing research. The Chemistry Department requires a seminar course for all Chemistry majors which allows students to practice communication skills and writing for the sciences, as well as think through ethical issues in science. The Chemistry Department has also had a 100% placement rate in medical schools for many years.
Hands-on Experience: At SJC, we take pride in providing our students with the hands-on experience they need to survive in the work force. The Chemistry Program at SJC offers opportunities to work with equipment in your first year. The Chemistry faculty encourage all of their students to pursue internships. Common Chemistry internships include Eli Lilly and the American Institute of Toxicology Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Success Stories)
Faculty and Class Size: Our Chemistry Department consists of professors who each hold at least one doctorate degree in their fields of expertise. Ranging from 10 to 20 students, the average class size is small, allowing faculty members to become involved with off-campus projects in order to bring new knowledge to their students. (Faculty Profiles)