Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


SET_Chemistry_classChemistry and Biochemistry majors at St. Mary’s University receive excellent preparation for graduate school, professional school, or a career in industry. The program places a strong emphasis on critical problem solving. Students also learn to work as part of a laboratory team, yet also develop the ability to work independently.

The programs stress not only the fundamentals of chemistry, but the development of the intellectual skills necessary to apply them.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry program promotes versatility and prepares students for a wide range of options after graduation. Majors select a minor from one of the degrees offered within the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.


Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are encouraged to seek summer research opportunities after their sophomore year. Many programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health are available. St. Mary’s also has programs designed to encourage women and minorities to consider research careers in the health fields, such as the Minority Access to Research Careers and the Undergraduate Research Office.

Past students have participated in such programs at NASA and at universities and medical centers throughout the United States. Students are highly encouraged to participate in student leadership opportunities such as the American Chemical Society of Students, undergraduate research, work-study, and community service opportunities offered through the University’s Service Learning Center.


Susan Oxley, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry