About Arcadia's Chemistry and Physics Program
Students in Arcadia’s Chemistry and
Physics program enjoy a highly individualized, hands-on learning
experience, with notable opportunities to engage in publishable research
and participate in unique, customized in-house laboratory experiences.
The small campus setting fosters a strong sense of community, where
students are encouraged to ask and explore questions with support from a
dedicated and distinguished faculty. The standard set of coursework is
approved by the American Chemical Society, providing a solid foundation
that prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Special academic
tracks are offered for students interested in forensic science, business
- The standard set of courses is approved by the American Chemical
Society, ensuring that Arcadia students receive the same solid learning
foundation they would receive at any top institution.
- The Chemistry and Physics Department is distinguished by the unique
opportunities it provides for students to engage in publishable research
and participate in research informed curricular activities.
- Published work by students and faculty has appeared in top tier journals such as The Journal of Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters, and Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry.
- The small size of the program supports a family-like atmosphere,
where students enjoy individualized attention from faculty and a feeling
of camaraderie among peers.
- Department faculty members are published in top tier journals (see
above) and have degrees from distinguished institutions such as Yale
University, the University of Massachusetts, Columbia University, and
- Students are able to pursue a wide range of study abroad
opportunities, including studies at the highly distinguished University
of Stirling in Scotland.
- Students may apply to participate in summer research on campus,
which includes housing and a summer salary. (Students must be selected
for this opportunity.)
- Faculty work closely with students on Senior Capstone projects,
which provide outstanding opportunities for hands-on lab work that
distinguishes students on college resumes.
- Chemistry coursework prepares qualifying students for Arcadia’s 4+2 Program Leading to a Master of Science in Forensic Science. (Note: Many students are especially interested in forensic science based on feedback from open houses, etc.)
- Qualifying chemistry students also may pursue Arcadia’s 3 + 2 Engineering Program with Columbia University in New York City or Washington University in Saint Louis.
- An undergraduate degree from Arcadia prepares students for a wide
variety of careers in areas such as chemical allied professions, health
professions, forensic science, business (e.g., pharmaceuticals),
engineering and others. Also, a number of students go on to pursue
advanced academic degrees.