Undergraduate Programs

The Chemistry Department offers three different degree programs to meet the educational goals of our students:

B.S. in Chemistry

This degree program, fully accredited by the American Chemical Society, gives students a comprehensive, broadly based training in Chemistry. Completion of the Chemistry degree will prepare you for graduate study in Chemistry, or for a career as a chemist in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.


Minor in Chemistry

The Chemistry minor is commonly pursued by Biology or Chemical Engineering majors who wish to add additional training in Chemistry to supplement their chosen major.  Others who pursue the minor may be interested in medical or dental school, as the majority of courses required for the minor are also required for admission into schools in the health sciences.

B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option

This program, also fully accredited by the American Chemical Society, includes all of the courses and training in the Chemistry program with additional courses and laboratories in Biology and Biochemistry. Students who complete this very rigorous program are very well prepared for graduate programs in chemistry or biochemistry. In addition, the Biochemistry option provides a rigorous and complete training for future studies in Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science. All of our recent students who have entered M.D./Ph.D. programs in the past few years have completed the Biochemistry option.


B.S. in Biochemistry

This degree is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue an interdisciplinary degree with extensive study in both Chemistry and Biology. It has been accredited by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With training in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular biology and genetics, this degree is also an excellent preparation for medical school or graduate work in the health sciences. It also prepares students for graduate study or employment in forensic science or pharmaceutical chemistry.

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center

Software and Databases

ChemWatch is an MSDS database.
access ChemWatch (from campus)

access ChemWatch advanced functions page (login required)

Contact Eric Welsh for more information.

ChemTracker is a chemical inventory database.  Click here to obtain a username and password.  Your Villanova account login information is required.
Contact Dr. Kurchan for more information.

The Department of Chemistry has a site license for ChemDoodle, available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: You need to use your Villanova email address to start the process of obtaining the software.

Spartan P-Chem
The Department of Chemistry has a 15- concurrent user license for Spartan P-Chem. Please note this software is only available for Windows.
NOTE: You must be connected to the campus network in order to run the software.