By the Numbers

St. Olaf’s chemistry program is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching; scholarship; and service to the profession. It is routinely in the top three undergraduate institutions for the number of chemistry majors graduated in a year.

Chemistry majors are women


Chemistry majors attend graduate school


Chemistry majors attend professional schools

Welcome to the St. Olaf College Chemistry Department! The Chemistry Department offers courses in the traditional major areas of chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary areas, such as biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and organometallic chemistry.

Additionally, the department has an active summer research program, in which faculty and undergraduate researchers work together to investigate problems of current interest. St. Olaf College traditionally ranks in the top three four-year colleges in the number of graduating seniors with a chemistry major, and from 2010 to 2012, St. Olaf graduated an average of 64 chemistry majors each year. Between 1994 and 2003, St. Olaf ranked 4th as the baccalaureate origin of Ph.D. chemists and in the last five years has received grants exceeding $3,500,000 to support instrument acquisition, curriculum development, and research initiatives. We are located in the Regents Hall of Natural Science.

The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.