Chemistry Major


Why study Chemistry at Chestnut Hill College?

Chemistry Library Resources 


Student Highlight

Allison Eberly, Class of 2014


Allison Eberly

Why CHC? 


“I chose CHC because the instant I walked in the door, it felt right. I love the environment that has been established here, you can’t walk through the hall without saying hello to someone. The small class size was another great benefit, and at CHC you can really do it all: you can be a student, an athlete, an RA, and be involved in clubs.” 


 Allison's Internships 


“I have had two different internships over three summers. The summers after my freshman and sophomore year, I participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program in Chemistry at Boise State University. There, I worked 40 hours in a biochemistry laboratory with pathogenic E. coli studying new potential targets for antibiotics. This internship was the greatest experience for me, I am so fortunate to have been a participant. I could talk about this internship for hours. Currently, I am working on a bioinformatics project with Dr. Soprano through SEPCHE STEM Undergraduate Research." 


Allison's Activities: 

  • Volleyball 
  • Cross Country 
  • Resident Assistant 
  • Chestnut Hill Activities Team (CHAT) 
  • Chemistry Club 
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committe (SAAC) 


Fundamentally, chemistry is the study of the matter in the universe and how it changes. Modern chemistry is central to our lives and impacts diverse fields such as medicine, energy generation, cosmetics, food production, and more.


At Chestnut Hill College, you are going to get a lot more than just an understanding of molecular structures. Along with your classroom and laboratory instruction - by highly qualified and experienced professors - you are also going to get a well-rounded liberal arts education. This education will help you think for yourself and overlay your scientific decisions with an ethical perspective.


And geographically, you'll be in just the right place. Chestnut Hill College is centrally located near several major pharmaceutical, chemical, and forensic science companies such as Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, National Medical Services, Centocor, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth-Ayerst, Dupont and many more. We are also close to several public and private schools that are committed to developing more and better science teachers. All of this provides an exceptional learning opportunity for our students - not to mention a great location from which to launch a career.


What are the requirements?


Chemistry majors complete a minimum of 15 courses (56 credits) to qualify for a B.S. degree. Requirements include:

  • 42 credits in chemistry including: Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I and II
  • 8 credits in Physics: Principlies of Physics I and II
  • 6 credits in Mathematics: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I and II OR Caluclus and Modern Analysis I and II

For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan and information on chemistry as a content are of specialization for secondary education majors, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog Biology/Chemistry section (205-08).


What internships are available?


There are many opportunities in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, agricultural, and forensic research throughout the Philadelphia region - and Chestnut Hill College is close to all of them. This increases the opportunities for chemistry majors to gain valuable real-world experience through internships. Some of these internships even lead to full-time employment after graduation. Several of the places at which our majors have held internships are the following:

  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Georgetown University
  • Purdue University
  • Boise University
  • The ME's Office of Philadelphia
  • The Research Center of the US Dept of Agriculture

What can I do after graduation?


Majoring in chemistry opens students to a wide range of exciting and fulfilling career choices post-graduation. These include:

  • going to graduate school
  • going to medical, dental or veterinary school
  • working in a laboratory in a pharmaceutical compnay, an industrial chemical company, or a medical examiner's office
  • becoming a high school chemistry teacher
  • becoming a patent attorney


If you are interested in becoming a chemistry major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Joseph Kulkosky, Chairperson of the Biology and Natural Sciences Division (


To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.