College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at John Carroll University!  Thank you for visiting and taking time to learn about our program.

The Chemistry Department is primarily located on the 3rd floor of the west wing of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The biochemistry faculty and laboratories are located within the Biology Department on the 2nd floor and general chemistry labs are on the 1st floor.

We pride ourselves in having a student-centered program; our faculty, staff and curriculum are committed to and focused on developing students as chemists and women and men in service of others. Nearly all of our courses are taught by full-time faculty and most courses and labs are small to encourage in-depth learning and more hands-on experiments, many with state-of-the-art instrumentation.

In addition to the academic courses offered, students have a variety of experiential opportunities to compliment classroom material. The first of these is to become involved in undergraduate research, either with faculty on campus or at local chemical companies (Sherwin-Williams, Lubrizol), universities (CWRU, University of Akron) and non-profit biomedical research facilities (Learner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic). Other possibilities include becoming a Teaching Assistant in a lab course, being involved in our student-led tutoring program for general and organic chemistry, and taking part in other service activities sponsored by the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates group.

The Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society and provides students a variety of pathways to achieve the B.S. degree, which prepares students for a wide variety of career options. What have our students done after graduation? Graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, polymer science, engineering, entrepreneurship, toxicology, public health, forensic chemistry, neuroscience…medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, anesthesiology…employment in the chemical industry, cutting edge biomedical research, medical devices, environmental testing…many even go to law school or get an MBA.

Whatever your career goals, you can get there with chemistry!  If you would like to talk to a faculty member or visit, send an email to

Dr. Michael Nichols
Associate Professor and Chair