Chemistry (BS)

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Why Chemistry?

With a degree in chemistry, you can lead and pioneer new applications of science in many high-demand fields, including pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, scientific and biomedical research, engineering, teaching, food and drink development and more.

The chemical interaction of elements is essential to our everyday lives. From cooking to creating new materials and new medicines, chemistry is the driving force.

Why Study Chemistry at Iona?

You’ll explore the science of chemistry in an environment that is challenging but designed for your success.

You will be advised, mentored and supported by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields and are invested in helping you achieve your goals. Our program offers hands-on opportunities to work along-side scientists in the lab, applying the essentials of chemistry in innovative ways.

What You'll Learn

You will gain a deep understanding of how chemistry affects all areas of life, one element at a time.

You will build a strong foundation in chemical science with classes that help you make connections across different areas of science and highlight practical, real-world applications of chemistry.

In the classroom and in the lab, you will develop skills in researching, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating scientific findings – critical skills for success as a scientist and in many other careers.

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Iona University Chemistry Students Showcase Findings in San Francisco

From the science labs of Cornelia Hall all the way to San Francisco, nine Iona University undergraduate students recently presented their research findings at the American Chemical Society conference alongside their mentor, Dr. Sunghee Lee, a Board of Trustees endowed professor in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.

Caroline Scott

Iona has given me the opportunity to get laboratory research experience, which will be great for applying to graduate school. I love that the possibilities of what I can choose to do as a career are endless with a chemistry degree.

- Caroline Scott ’25, chemistry and mathematics major
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Careers & Outcomes

Our Chemistry graduates are well-prepared to lead and innovate in a wide range of high-demand science fields. From conducting experiments to testing products and everything in between – a degree in Chemistry from Iona will get you there!

Our students have gained admission to prestigious degree programs that have prepared them for successful careers in science, medicine, and beyond.

Iona students have gone to earn degrees – Ph.D., MS, JD, MD, PharmD, DDS – at such renowned institutions as:

  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University Dental School
  • Montefiore Einstein Medical School
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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Joseph Giancaspro

Being selected to attend and present on Capitol Hill at the Council on Undergraduate Research was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was able to discuss my project with government representatives and lawmakers both at the event and in private sessions.

Joseph Giancaspro '20

Gaining Research Experience in Chemistry

When Katherine started at Iona, she knew by the first week of classes that she wanted to do research.

Learn how Dr. Sunghee Lee made it easy for Katherine to start gaining research experience and how she is now studying the effects common molecules (such as Tylenol) have on the human body.

Program Highlights

Research Opportunities

You will be involved in high-quality research that will enable you to improve your problem-solving skills, learn new lab techniques, and explore chemistry outside of the classroom.

Summer research experiences are available and supported by the CBL Scholars Program, the NSF DESIRE Scholars Program, Iona Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grants, and individual faculty research awards.

CBL Scholars Program

NSF DESIRE Scholars Program

Early Acceptance Programs

Our program has early acceptance articulation agreements in which Iona students who meet the required qualifications can automatically reserve a seat in medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school during their senior year of high school or first year of college. Iona University has agreements with the following programs:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Medical, Dental or Pharmacy
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • New York College of Chiropractic Medicine

Early Acceptance Programs

Careers in Science Program

Careers in Science is a program established to provide information about career opportunities in the sciences and in science related fields to Iona students.

You will have a chance to meet accomplished professionals in many areas of science and talk face-to-face about your interests with experts in the field!

Careers in Science

Take a Virtual Tour

Located on the lower level of Cornelia Hall, the Research Lab is just one of the labs used by students taking science courses. With state-of-the-art equipment, the labs provide valuable hands-on research experience, right on campus!

Cornelia Research Lab

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National Science Foundation S-STEM Program

Iona University has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science. The award will support economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude, for scholarships in Chemistry and Computer Science.


NSF S-STEM Program

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