Chemistry Department

Chemistry Department Chemistry Department

Examine the underlying substance of the universe.

At Saint Mary’s, we’re devoted to training the next generation of chemists. In our diverse, tight-knit community, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of chemicals, their properties, and their possibilities. You’ll have numerous opportunities to make discoveries alongside our world-renowned faculty or while studying abroad. Our students have helped research everything from Saint Mary’s seasonal swamp to the toxic waste beneath Alameda Island. With Saint Mary’s small class sizes and discussion-driven courses, you’ll receive plenty of personalized attention as you pursue your unique interests and aspirations.

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In addition to need and merit-based scholarships, Chemistry students are eligible for the Chemistry Departmental Scholarship. 

Summer Research Program


Hands-on Scientific Research Experience

Every summer, Saint Mary’s students have the opportunity to gain hands-on scientific research experience. In the Summer of 2020, Professor Sonya Schuh and her student researchers investigated the toxicity of BPA alternatives. Watch the video to learn more.

Student Engagement Opportunities

Discover the Science Living Learning Community, our on-campus housing exclusively for first-year STEM majors, and visit the Marie Curie STEM Center, our drop-in tutoring center that supports students in STEM courses—no appointments necessary! Or learn about Brousseau Hall, our industry-standard science facility housing the Biology, Chemistry and EES Departments.