Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics

In Their Own Words: Jeremy Madden ('07)
Jermy Madden

"the last thing I would have pictured myself working as would have been an engineer at Intel…I know I would not have been able to succeed..without the invaluable opportunities provided at Marist... Research was embraced..each professor encouraged us to both present at national conferences and to publish in well-known journals."

Chemistry, the central science, deals with the fundamental properties of substances andthe transformations they undergo. Biochemistry links chemistry to life processes. Together, these laboratory sciences explain much of what goes on around and inside you, and form the foundation for many industries and advances in health care.

Marist offers degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, but not in Physics. We offer Physics courses in support of students majoring in other disciplines.  Find more information about our degree programs, the chemistry minor, and preparation for medical school or other schools of the health professions here.


Student Outcomes

 chemistry outcomes


Graduate Schools: 54% of our graduates continued to graduate schools including fully-funded doctoral programs at Columbia, Yale, Cornell, and Carnegie-Mellon.

Professional Schools: 13% of our graduates continued to schools in the health professions including Stony Brook Dental School, Wilkes University (Pharmacy), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and New York Medical College.

Industry: 23% of graduates took positions in industry at companies such as Bayer Healthcare, Penwest Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, and InvaGen Pharmaceuticals.

Honors and Awards: Our recent graduates include two Goldwater Scholars, two National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows, and Marist College Valedictorian, Salutatorian and General Excellence winners.

(updated September 2016)


Alumni Quotes:

"The Marist faculty is dedicated and supportive to the students first and foremost – a unique learning environment compared to most other schools.  The relationships with faculty and fellow students I built while at Marist have lasted years beyond graduation and a crucial part of my professional network.  The knowledge and manner of learning I developed at Marist prepared me for the successful completion of my Ph.D. in Chemistry.”  Lauren M. Jackson ('08), Process Analytical Scientist at BP

“The close mentoring offered by the professors in the chemistry department has led to my achievements in graduate school. The foundation the department provided has set me apart from my peers, and I am confident it will continue to do so as I finish my PhD work and enter the workforce.”  Cathy DeBlase ('11), Senior Chemist at Dow Chemical Company

“Being a Marist science student and graduate provided me with experiences that I would not have at many other schools. As there is no graduate program, undergraduates exclusively have the opportunity to work with laboratory instrumentation on a regular basis, and perform publishable research. These opportunities provided me with analytical and critical thinking skills that enabled me to succeed in graduate school and apply my scientific knowledge to business operations.” Jillian Lennartz ('08), Principal - Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability at CA Technologies