Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department Chairperson: Dr. Anna Fedor
Welcome to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Website at Misericordia!
The Misericordia Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to engage students in teaching and research activities from the moment they arrive on campus. Recent graduates have experienced success in moving onto Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and chemistry related programs, teaching positions, professional school, and a range of industrial positions. We take pride in our small class sizes and strong faculty-student interaction in the classroom and in research projects.
Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to engage students in teaching and research activities from the moment students arrive on campus. Recent graduates have experienced success in moving onto Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and chemistry related programs, teaching positions, professional school, and a range of industrial positions. We take pride in our small class sizes and strong faculty-student interaction in the classroom and in research projects. The department’s faculty are well-published scholars with extensive teaching experience and focus on individual mentoring and faculty-supervised research.
What makes Misericordia’s Chemistry program stand out from all the rest:
The Chemistry program integrates mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses, allowing students to explore upper-level courses in the fundamental fields of chemistry. The Biochemistry program reflects the fusions of the fields of chemistry and biochemistry, and integrates both the biological and chemical sciences into its curriculum. These programs have prepared students for entry into professional school, graduate school, and employment in the pharmaceutical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research projects, publish with faculty, and present at conferences nationally. Minor in Chemistry is most often selected by biology majors, but is appropriate for any student with an interest in the physical sciences. Majors in Business, English or Pre-Law, for example, may find a background in chemistry useful in such specialties as patent law or scientific journalism.
Program degree options:
- Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
- Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Pre-Professional Specialization)
- Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (Secondary Education Teaching Certification)
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Pre-Professional Specialization)
- Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (Pre-DPT)
Students have gone to graduate school at:
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Louisville
- Princeton University
- Syracuse University
- Stony Brook University
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Clemson University
- University of Delaware
Students have gone to professional school at:
- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
- VCOM (Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
- Penn State Hershey PA program
- LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Students have attended national and regional meetings at:
- New Orleans
- San Diego
- Washington D.C.
Alumni have been employed at:
- Glaxo Smithkline
- Zotos International
- Johnson and Johnson
- Sanofi Pasteur
- Eurofins Scientific
Research/Internship opportunities available:
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Misericordia University
- Student Internships obtained at:
- University of Connecticut
- Polysciences, Inc.
- Clemson University
- James Madison University
- University of Tennessee
- University of Oregon
- TechBIO REU in Pittsburgh
"The chemistry program at Misericordia has a great family atmosphere. The faculty truly care about the success of all of their students and they all go the extra mile to ensure every student has a great educational experience here at Misericordia."
- Ricky Averil
Junior, Chemistry major
Student Athlete: Men's Swimming
"Working in a research group prepared me for the national conference I attended and made talking to colleagues in my field easier."
- Shelby Burke
Senior, Biochemistry major
President of Chemistry club
"The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program allowed me to conduct research and expanded my ability to think abstractly and critically. This research was accepted to present at the American Society for Cell Biology 2018 Meeting in San Diego, California."
- Catherine Falzone
Junior, Biochemistry major
"During my time at MU, I have been involved in many experiences that have set me apart in my endeavors and supported my goal of becoming an optometrist. With the help of my professors, I participated in research that I presented at the ACS National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana."
- Abrielle Garber
Senior, Biochemistry major
Student Athlete: Cheerleading
Secretary of Chemistry club
"Not only do I think this undergraduate research experience will help me get accepted to law school but will make me a better lawyer once I am in the field."
- Kyra Grzymski
Junior, Biochemistry major
Vice President of the Chemistry club
"I have experienced the personal attention and support that I believe are staples of the Chemistry major. We are all a family; and this leads to success."
- Leonard Watson
Senior, Chemistry major
Student Athlete: Football
Treasurer of the Chemistry club
“Everyone in the chemistry and biochemistry department at Misericordia University truly wants you to succeed. The professors get to know you and your future goals. They make sure that they provide you with the support and resources you need to achieve that goal. From my very first semester at MU, I knew that if I ever had questions or needed advice I could go to my advisor or one of my professors and they would help. Their continuous support throughout my undergraduate education helped to turn my dream of getting into medical school a reality!
The small class sizes of Misericordia’s Chemistry/Biochemistry program not only allowed me to form a bond with each professor, but also created a learning environment that fostered open discussion, team work, and one-on-one instruction. I believe that this learning experience is what paved the way for my success in my preclinical years of medical school.“
~Gina Baiamonte '16
“One of the most influential aspects from Misericordia University that aided in my graduate school applications was the opportunity MU provided to be highly involved, both on a personal and professional level.
Misericordia’s biochemistry program allowed me to gain first hand experience conducting research, writing grants, presenting posters/professional talks and attending conferences such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting. Conducting research and presenting your data is crucial to any graduate program.
The faculty-student environment provided by Misericordia University was very friendly, collaborative, and insightful. There was never a moment I felt my classmates or professors were unapproachable, making my learning experience more welcoming. Ultimately, this helped me understand the material at a more efficient level and I was able to spread that knowledge to the broader scientific community through outreach programs.”
~Jeremy Osko '15
“The chemistry department faculty are just wonderful! They provided myself and my fellow chemistry majors with all the tools we needed to succeed both in scientific careers and in our lives. The faculty not only knew our names, but they knew our stories. Misericordia is more than a university, it’s a family.
When I think of the professors in the chemistry department a few words come to mind - supportive, engaging, caring, kind.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Misericordia but perhaps even more importantly, Misericordia changed my life. I received more than a B.S., I grew leaps and bounds in confidence, poise, and self-assurance.
I am now pursuing a PhD in chemistry and I owe my success in graduate school to the strong foundation of education and scholarship that was built during my time in the chemistry department at Misericordia.”
~Megan Toda '15
B.S. Chemistry/minor in Mathematics