Why Study Chemistry?

After you have earned your B.S. in chemistry or biochemistry, what can you do next? Villanova is situated in the center of a large area of chemical industry extending from northern New Jersey to Delaware. Many of our graduates obtain positions with Merck, Glaxo-SmithKline, Pfizer, L’Oreal, or Eurofins, along with many other companies. Your first job is frequently work as a bench chemist, but might also be in sales, safety, communications, etc. A number of our graduates continue their education at universities across the U.S. in various areas of chemistry such as medicinal, biochemistry, pharmacology, analytical, or inorganic chemistry. Graduate students usually receive stipends and tuition waivers that cover the expenses of a graduate education! There are also branches of the government that hire chemists, such as the EPA, DEA, agriculture, commerce, and the military. Each year approximately 15% of our graduating class go to medical school, a few become high school teachers, and a few enter graduate programs or pursue careers outside of the chemistry area.

We address career awareness with our Professional Development Seminar (CHM 1000). In this class we invite chemists and alumni to speak to the students about their jobs and the role of chemistry. In addition, the Villanova University Career Center  has a comprehensive program to assist our graduates. The Chemistry Department also maintains a list of job opportunities from area companies.

Here is a sampling of where our students go after they leave Villanova:

One popular next step after a chemistry or biochemistry BS from Villanova is a PhD program in one of the many subfields of chemistry. Since 2015, our graduates have gone on to pursue a doctorate at the following Universities:

  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California at San Diego
  • Duke University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Cambridge University
  • Scripps Florida
  • Yale University
  • Stony Brook University

Villanova students have found that a degree in chemistry or biochemistry impresses many medical school admissions committees, including those at MD/Ph.D. programs! These programs allow highly talented students to develop skills in medical research; students enrolled in these programs do not have to pay tuition, and often receive a stipend to help with living expenses. Here are some of the Medical Schools where our students have attended since 2015:

MD/Ph.D Programs

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Arizona

Medical Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • Ross University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • New York Medical College
  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Jefferson University/ Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Emory University
  • American University of the Carribbean

Students with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry have found that they can use their training in a variety of different disciplines. Students with chemistry or biochemistry training are in demand in education, medicine, allied health, law, and other areas. Here are some of the non-chemistry graduate programs that our students have entered since 2015:

  • Rutgers University (Dental)
  • Drexel University (MS in Drug Discovery and Development)
  • John Jay (Criminology)
  • Culinary Arts School of New York
  • Villanova University (Law)
  • Fordham University (Law)
  • Syracuse University (JD/MS program)

Our students are recruited by the top chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the United States. Villanova is fortunate to be surrounded by many of the best pharmaceutical companies in the nation. These companies find our students to be highly intelligent and possess the skills needed for success in the pharmaceutical industry. Here are some of the employers that have hired our BS graduates since 2015:

  • Johnson Matthey Fine Chemicals
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Force Therapeutics
  • Wrigley Corporation
  • Progenera
  • L’Oreal
  • The US Air Force