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About the Department

Pioneering Chemical Discoveries

Chemistry is a launch point for exciting careers, from inventing new building materials to reporting environmental changes in rivers and soil. Through all four years in the Chemistry program at Gustavus you will work with state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment and gain extensive lab experience. Through the support of strong faculty mentoring, you will become a confident chemist through applied learning and ample research opportunities.

The Gustavus Chemistry faculty designs courses to help you become a collaborative, adaptable problem solver with diverse experience. These are the skills employers are looking for, which is why Gustie Chemistry graduates get hired by top employers such as Medtronic, 3M, and the Mayo Clinic, and are admitted to the nation's top graduate programs.

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Studying Chemistry in One of the Best Facilities in Minnesota

By studying chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus you benefit from a combination of state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning faculty, in a beautiful location in Saint Peter, MN. The campus is a fun and supportive place to learn and build strong relationships with proximity to big-city activities and internships. You're just minutes away from Mankato and less than an hour from the Twin Cities. You can do research right on campus or go across the country or around the world.

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Majors, Minors, and Related Programs

The Chemistry Department offers three majors and one minor. The Department curriculum is lab focused, where you will work in beautiful new labs designed for collaboration. In every course, you will advance the qualitative and quantitative problem-solving methods chemists practice to explain the natural world. Your classes and labs will help you develop critical thinking skills and the fundamental problem-solving approaches of the discipline. You have one-on-one mentorship connections with faculty that guide your career exploration, while supporting your personal growth.

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Opportunities in Chemistry

A Supportive Community for Exploration

You'll find Gustie Chemistry students leading science demonstrations for elementary students for Science on Saturdays, networking and asking questions in a Chemistry seminar, or designing their own research projects. Explore the opportunities to learn outside of the classroom to enrich your college experience, gain practical skills, develop a strong professional network, and build strong relationships with other students and faculty.

Explore Opportunities in Chemistry

  • Chemistry Club — This is a chance to have fun with like-minded individuals, and participate in educational initiatives and social events
  • Chemistry Seminar Series — Stay updated on the latest developments in chemistry, engage with off-campus experts, and deepen your understanding of the field
  • On-Campus Research — Participating in on-campus research projects offers a chance to engage in hands-on scientific inquiry and collaborate closely with faculty members
  • Off-Campus Research — Explore off-campus internships and summer research programs
  • Community Outreach — There are several community events to foster an interest in science among younger generations
  • Facilities for Learning — Nobel Hall of Science provides state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation for learning


Gustie Chemistry students are dedicated researchers and are also involved across campus outside the lab. Many students are musicians and athletes, double majors, and leaders of a wide variety of student organizations. Meet the students and faculty in Chemistry who characterize the strengths of the liberal arts.

Meet our Faculty

Professor Jeff Jeremiason

Professor Jeff Jeremiason

Chemistry Department Faculty

“He’s got the students plugged in, too.” In the 1980s, Jeff Jeremiason was a big Metallica fan. Now he’s interested in a different kind of heavy metal. The Gustavus chemistry professor is a leading researcher on mercury and lead contamination in two northern Minnesota ecosystems: the Saint Louis River and its mouth on Lake Superior, […]

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Keep in touch with the Chemistry Department

By joining the Chemistry program at Gustavus, you will have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in chemistry and explore other areas of interest through a liberal arts education. Plus, you can be actively engaged across campus in student organizations, athletics, and fine arts. This well-rounded education will prepare you for success in your chosen career path or further academic pursuits in graduate programs.

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Phone: 507-933-7320

Nobel Hall of Science, 3500
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

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