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Department of Chemistry

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The department of chemistry in collaboration with biology and math has been awarded a NSF grant to support scholarships for students interested in Chemistry, Biology, Math, and Science and Entrepreneurship.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Roger Bacon Scholarship program to start in fall 2014.  For more information please contact Dr. Jean Elick at


Science is exploratory in nature; therefore students in the chemistry program are required to be involved in research or an internship. We believe that it is essential for students to explore and apply their classroom knowledge to projects.

Faculty in the department of chemistry work with students to design and develop a project to fit their interests and the resources available to them. In several cases, projects are interdisciplinary requiring students to work with faculty in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. A few of the sample projects and students who are currently or have been involved in projects:


A successful chemistry career begins with an introduction to the major fields of chemistry in a course combining classroom and laboratory experiences. A core curriculum of chemistry classes in organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and research is a requisite for all chemistry majors. At the University of Saint Francis, two distinct tracks of study are available in biochemistry and analytical chemistry. These tracks allow students to focus on the areas of chemistry that are essential for achieving their career goals.