About Us

about us

The Department of Chemistry at Villanova University teaches the theory and practice of chemistry and biochemistry to undergraduate and graduate students, while also providing them significant and relevant independent research opportunities. Students learn both conceptual and hands-on aspects of chemistry necessary for success in chemical and biochemical fields, and as liberally trained Villanova graduates. Students from Biology, Nursing, Engineering, and other programs / disciplines that need a working knowledge of chemistry theory and practice for success in their chosen field(s) receive high quality instruction and support from Chemistry faculty and staff.

Teacher-scholars engaged in chemical research are uniquely positioned to educate students. The Department of Chemistry is committed to engaging students in cutting edge scientific research and scholarship in chemistry, biochemistry, and related sciences that advance knowledge in the scientific community and beyond. The research experience reinforces and expands those lessons learned in the classroom, while insights obtained in the research laboratory can provide a better classroom experience and increase student learning.

The Chemistry Department of Villanova University exists to teach the theory and practice of chemistry to undergraduate and graduate students. We train undergraduate majors in the theoretical and practical knowledge of chemistry that will allow them to succeed as professional chemists and liberally trained graduates of Villanova. The Chemistry Department also provides instruction to students in other disciplines who need a chemistry background to succeed in their chosen field. Supported disciplines include Biology, Nursing, and Engineering. Teacher-scholars who engage in modern chemistry research are best prepared to teach our students. Thus, a second mission of the Department is to conduct cutting edge research in chemistry and related sciences. The Department encourages and supports high quality scientific research and scholarship that advance knowledge, understand, and application of chemical principles. Know ledge obtained in the laboratory can be applied to teach students in the classroom.

Goal 1:    Provide a broad background in chemical principles and in-depth study of chemistry, biochemistry, and related areas.

Specific Objectives

a.       Students will demonstrate understanding of chemical principles and research across the five traditional areas of chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical.

b.      Students will be able to make connections between the chemical disciplines as applied to complex chemical problems.

Goal 2:    Provide and promote active learning through inquiry based laboratory experiences that include modern synthetic techniques, the measurement of chemical and physical properties, biochemical analysis, hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, and computational data analysis and modeling.

Specific Objectives

a.       Students will demonstrate understanding of modern synthetic techniques and the measurement of chemical and physical properties.

b.      Students will gain significant hands-on experience with state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation and the associated relevant theoretical bases.

c.       Students will design and execute experiments, and critically evaluate experimental data.

Goal 3:    Develop student skills, including: problem-solving, chemical literature evaluation, laboratory safety, written and spoken communications, teamwork, and ethics.  Provide professional development activities and advising specific to careers and opportunities for undergraduate majors.

Specific Objectives

a.       Students will be able to address complex scientific problems, critically examine relevant chemical literature, and effectively communicate current viewpoints and potential solutions in both written and spoken form.

b.      Students will acquire proficiency in safe laboratory practices and working in teams.

c.       Students will understand the ethical treatment and reporting of data, and will have the ability to assess the broader impacts of chemical issues.

d.      Students will learn about professional careers and opportunities for chemists and biochemists.

Goal 4:    Provide research experiences in context across the curriculum.

Specific Objectives

a.       Students will practice modern research methods in teaching laboratories across the curriculum.

b.      Students will have access to cutting edge, independent research activities with faculty research mentors


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