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Chemistry

Holy Cross is a leader in chemistry education. In fact, the “Discovery Chemistry” lab-based guided inquiry style of teaching began at Holy Cross, and serves as a model for the national chemical education community. 

The curriculum provides students with a strong background in fundamental principles and theories of chemistry with hands-on experience using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. The program is laboratory intensive, beginning with the Discovery Chemistry core courses in general and organic chemistry. Advanced courses allow students to develop the skills and gain knowledge needed to become effective scientists and independent researchers. The department has a very active research program, and faculty members are committed to giving students opportunities within their research. As of result of these opportunities, Holy Cross undergraduates regularly contribute to scientific publications and travel to professional conferences. 

Our formula for success has led the chemistry department to produce among the nation’s highest number of chemistry graduates and is a top baccalaureate origin for Ph.D.s in chemistry.

Program Highlights

 Students gain experience and knowledge in all the major areas of modern chemistry including organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, and biochemistry and have an opportunity to focus their program on a particular area of chemistry through research and elective courses. The department also provides:
  • A flexible major that, when completed together with one year of research, allows students to become accredited by the American Chemical Society
  • The opportunity to join the biochemistry concentration
  • The opportunity to become certified as a secondary or middle school chemistry teacher in Massachusetts by participating in the Teacher Education Program
Classroom
Learn more about the lab-based approach to teaching chemistry that began at Holy Cross and serves as a national model.
Students working in a lab
Collaborate on innovative research with professors on a range of topics in the field.
Smith Labs
The department is housed in the state-of-the-art integrated science complex and features modern instrumentation.

Chemistry News

Holy Cross to Host Second Annual Women in Science Day

Mar 16, 2018

The College of the Holy Cross will host the second annual Women in Science Day on March 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Integrated Science Complex, a one-day event aimed at maintaining and enhancing the involvement …

From left, Kevin Walsh, Aaron Seider, Justin McAlister, Andre Isaacs '05, Daina Harvey stand on Fenwick porch. Not pictured: K.J. Rawson.

Six Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2018

Feb 27, 2018

Six College of the Holy Cross faculty members in a diverse range of fields have been promoted to associate professor with tenure. From measuring the sociology of risk to creating the first-ever Digital Transgender Archive, these professors are pushing intellectual …

Events

Sun
Apr 22
Physician Assistant Panel (Event canceled)
12:00 PM
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center Suite B/C - 4th Fl