Department of Chemistry

About us: The Department of Chemistry at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, offers masters and bachelors degrees, including an American Chemical Society accredited degree program for undergraduates.  Our faculty actively conduct research in diverse areas such as environmental chemistry, protein biochemistry, natural product synthesis, catalysis, fuel cell research, and computational chemistry. We recognize that undergraduate research provides a unique opportunity to work closely alongside a faculty mentor, gaining an experience that extends far beyond typical classroom learning, and we encourage all undergraduates to participate in undergraduate research.

The Villanova Department of Chemistry focuses on the education of chemistry and biochemistry majors. For example, unlike many peer institutions, our majors have their own courses starting their first year! At many other institutions, chemistry majors are in courses with other science majors even as sophomores. Our approach ensures that our majors experience small class sizes in chemistry courses, get more attention from faculty and form early relationships with faculty, and are taking courses designed specifically for chemistry majors from the start.

In our ASBMB-accredited Biochemistry program (run jointly with the Department of Biology), freshmen can enroll in dedicated sections of general chemistry, and take a specialized three-course, two-lab biochemistry sequence designed specifically for biochemists. Many of our undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students conduct research with our faculty, starting as early as freshman year.

Thanks for your interest in our department, and please consider reaching out to us or coming to visit!

Contact Information:
Dr. Kevin Minbiole
Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Administrative Assistants
Melissa Palmarino and Joan Kelly
Mendel Hall, Room 215 
610-519-4840
cheminfo@villanova.edu

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 27
Undergraduate Majors: 150
Graduate Students: 25 full-time, 35 part-time
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs, as well as an array of modern instrumentation