Chemistry and Physics

Prepare for a Rewarding Career in the Natural Sciences

Overview

Chemistry and physics are fundamental to the understanding and exploration of the physical world. Professors in the Chemistry & Physics department at St. Francis College are proud to use a variety of methods to teach students complicated material; all in an effort to insure that each student masters the subject before moving on to the next topic.

It's a crucial point that helps SFC students understand modern science and technology, while preparing them for careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for medical school.

Alumni from St. Francis have moved on to top graduate programs as well as positions in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Laboratory work
  • and other science-related professions.

The College also offers a concentration in Information Technology that prepares students to collect, disseminate, and analyze observational or experimental data.

Students can also enroll in the Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program conducted with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. This is an increasingly popular field with a numerous career opportunities. Students study for two years at St. Francis College, then begin clinical training at Downstate Medical Center. The baccalaureate degree is awarded by SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Courses & Program Info

Mission

Within the context of liberal education, the department provides courses to expose students to the information, knowledge, and methods that the physical sciences have to offer. In general, the purpose of the major is to prepare students for graduate and professional schools as well as for careers in the chemical, biotechnical or pharmaceutical industries. The department encourages Chemistry majors to fully explore the chemical sciences and allied fields through participation in research, seminars, and science-based clubs and activities. Department advisors assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.

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Faculty

John Burke

John Burke

Emeritus Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Filomena Califano

Filomena Califano

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Ruma Chowdhury

Ruma Chowdhury

Adjunct Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Gerard Davidson

Gerard Davidson

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Physics, Honors
Robin Helburn

Robin Helburn

Associate Professor with Tenure
Chemistry and Physics
Thomas Quigley

Thomas Quigley

Emeritus Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Evelyn Wolfe

Evelyn Wolfe

Department Chairperson, Professor
Chemistry and Physics

News & Events

News

St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette

The spirit moved civil rights pioneer Bernard LaFayette to end his talk at St. Francis College on February 21, 2017 with a song. From original Freedom Rider with now Congressman John Lewis, to a close confidant and organizer with Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernard LaFayette has spent his lifetime fighting for justice and equality through non-violence.

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New Graduates Celebrate New Year

Valedictorian Christine Muraco '17, Commencement Speaker Evelyn Wolfe, Interim President Timothy Houlihan and the Winter Commencement Class of 2017 made for an amazing day January 9, 2017 as they rang in the new year with almost 100 new graduates of St. Francis College.

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Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

  • Provide the necessary background in chemistry and physics for students in programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physician’s assistant, Biomedical Science, Medical Technology, Nursing, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiological science, and Biology.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry including critical and logical thinking.
  • Instruct students in correct laboratory procedures and assist them in developing an understanding of modern science and technology using state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • Provide non-science majors with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of materials and technology as explained through the physical sciences.
Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue