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Chemistry & Biochemistry

    The complex interactions of atoms, molecules, and ions determine our shapes and sizes, our environment, and even how we feel on a given day. Our faculty and students endeavor to understand the the world at the molecular level and apply this understanding to tackle problems in modern society.

    Students in our department have close relationships with faculty who are committed, excellent educators. They’re engaged in rigorous coursework on exciting modern topics, including bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. In their laboratory courses, students use advanced instrumentation to learn technical skills and problem-solving strategies that prepare them for careers after SCU. Outside of the classroom, our award-winning chemistry club fosters camaraderie among majors and engages students in fun chemistry-themed activities on campus and in the community.

    Our faculty work one-on-one with many students in the research laboratory, on such projects as developing organic materials for harvesting solar energy, manipulating chemical reactions with microfluidics, and understanding interactions between nanoparticles and biological molecules. Students routinely present their work at local and national conferences and are co-authors on publications in the chemical literature.


    • 2016 Michael Sweeney Award Winners

      Kyle Bandaccari ’16 and Daniel Tiano ’17, Chemistry majors, shared the top prize for the first annual Michael Sweeney Award.

    • Caroline Bosmajian, Dr. Michael Carrasco, Amanda Fearon

      Bastiani Summer Research Students

      A generous gift from alumnus Dr. RIchard Bastiani funds researchers Caroline Bosmajian and Amanda Fearon this summer.

    • 2016 Student Awards

      See the full list of 2016 Chemistry & Biochemistry award winners.