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Ursuline’s Unique Approach

In this male-dominated field, Ursuline students are mentored by and conduct research alongside accomplished female faculty.

Ursuline’s atmosphere is more than just small; it is nurturing, collaborative and highly individualized with professors customizing instruction to each student’s learning style. 

New construction of the Center for the Creative and Healing Arts & Sciences (opening Spring 2015) and renovations to the Dauby Science Center provide Chemistry majors state-of-the-art facilities for learning and research.

Chemistry students conduct original research on and off campus and present their original findings in the annual Student Research Symposium.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary study allow students to customize their program of study. Chemistry majors often compliment their course of study with dual majors, minors or concentrations in biology, biochemistry, pre-professional tracks, education, and more.

Ursuline offers a fast-track for Chemistry student to become Pharmacists through a unique and competitive partnership program with the University of Toledo School of Pharmacy.

Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry majors are prepared for employment immediately. Ursuline Chemistry alumnae work in:

Food Chemistry
Quality Control
Process Chemistry
Industrial Management
Personal care chemistry
Hazardous Waste Management
Environmental Protection
Applied research

Chemistry students often continue on to graduate school in fields such as:

Analytical chemistry
Forensic science
Medicinal Chemistry
Natural products
Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals

 “The chemistry program is very important at Ursuline College.  We support all of the STEM fields.  Women who join the chemistry department will have the prerequisites to go into post-graduate education like medical school, physical therapy.  It really promotes women in the field of science.”  Melissa Barranger-Mathys, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, Chemistry


In addition to supporting faculty research and leading on-campus research of their own, Ursuline student have also gained research experience through the following impressive co-ops: 

National Science Foundation (NSF) 

Sherwin-Williams R&D Co-op

NASA Glenn Lewis' Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project LERCIP program

Ursuline College/University of Toledo Pharmacy Partnership

Pharmacists are in demand both nationally and regionally. Cleveland serves a large healthcare market, and is home to world-renowned hospital systems including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Studying Pharmacy at Ursuline gives you the best of both worlds in just 4 or 6 years: a highly-nurturing Chemistry and liberal arts foundation, preparing you to lead in a male-dominated industry, and a Pharmacy degree from a premier college of Pharmacy which ranks 8th in the nation for teaching and value.

Students admitted to this selective program are dually enrolled at both Ursuline College and the University of Toledo. Students spend two years of full-time study on campus at Ursuline with remaining coursework completed on campus in Toledo. Ursuline students pursuing this track benefit from a 90% on-time graduation rate and a 100% placement rate upon graduation from UT.

Graduates will help fill the national shortage of pharmacists projected for the next several decades.

Two tracks are available:

  • 2 years at UC + 4 years at UT: students can graduate with a Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy), the professional degree for practicing pharmacists 
  • 2 years at UC + 2 years at UT: students can graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS), a degree that can lead to careers in pharmaceutical research, pharmacy or health care administration, pharmaceutical sales, or further study in graduate or medical schools.

Application Process:

1)   Complete an Ursuline College undergraduate application

2)   Submit all required admission materials (official high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, official college transcripts and AP scores if applicable)

3)   Complete an UT Partnership application at ursuline.edu/academics

Contingent Admission

Students who are admitted by contingent admission are ensured a seat in the Pharm.D. or BSPS program at Toledo, provided they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a science GPA of 3.5 while at Ursuline College.

To qualify for contingent admission, applicants must have a 3.75 minimum high school GPA and 29 composite ACT or 1280 composite SAT (CR + M). Application deadline: December 1

Regular Admission

Students admitted via regular admission are permitted to take pre-pharmacy coursework. Once enrolled at Ursuline, regularly admitted students have the opportunity to apply to the Pharm.D or BSPS programs at UT. To qualify for regular admission, students must have a 2.5 minimum high school GPA, 19 composite ACT or 900 composite SAT (CR + M) minimum, though a 3.0 GPA, 22 ACT (1020 SAT), and completion of high school calculus and chemistry is strongly recommended. Application deadline: June 1.