Chemistry and Physics Department | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Programs of Study


    Chemistry Program

    The world God created is a world of matter—a world of water and soil, air and shale, bread and wine. And matter is, in a way, a world of its own, a microcosm of elements structured by the hand of God. Chemistry is the study of that world.


    Engineering Dual Degree Program

    Franciscan’s Engineering Dual Degree Programs give you two exciting paths toward earning your engineering degree at three of the nation’s leading engineering schools: the 2+2 program and 3+2 program.


  • The science of chemistry probes the composition, structure, and behavior of matter - from the simplest atom to the most complex molecule. Chemistry investigates the material world - from the chemicals of living beings to the chemicals that are necessary and convenient to our lives, to the matter of the universe.

    Courses in physics are offered each semester to support the majors of biology, chemistry, education, and pre-engineering as well as to provide students with the opportunity to satisfy natural science core requirements.

    The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers both major and minor programs of study. The major program is designed to impart an understanding of the basic principles of the science, to familiarize students with laboratory techniques, and to introduce students to the methods of scientific reasoning. This program prepares students to continue their studies in graduate and professional schools and to seek employment in the academic and industrial chemical communities. 

  • The Core Curriculum

    This Core Curriculum "reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence and the integration of faith and reason. Based on the Western intellectual tradition, our Franciscan educational heritage, and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University, the new core purposefully exposes our students to more of the fundamental knowledge and critical authors they need to become well-educated Catholics" —Father Terence Henry, TOR, chancellor of Franciscan University of Steubenville

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  • Sr. M. Lucy Gantt, FSGM, PhD: Encountering God in Science

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