Why Study at JCSU?

As a chemistry major in our program, the opportunities for real-world experience are endless. We get to know our students and their interests, and we take great care in pairing out students with summer research that will help them reach their career goals.

Our program also offers a number of courses and outside activities that allow you to conduct your own research or help our faculty members with their research grants.

Whether you’re applying for graduate school or going after your first job, the research experience we give you here will help you stand out among your peers.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Because our campus is small enough for you to develop a one-on-one relationship with your professors, they’ll be better equipped to help you achieve your goals.

Unlike larger research institutions, our students have more opportunities to participate in research projects and paid internships. You’ll be able to gain valuable lab and workplace experience before you even graduate.

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Undergraduate research opens the door for further education and a promising career.

At JCSU, innovative research is a vital part of your education, and our faculty are dedicated to helping you excel in and out of the classroom. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

  • 50 — The percentage of recent chemistry grads who have gone directly from JCSU to graduate or professional school for advanced degrees.
  • 35 — The percentage of recent chemistry majors who coauthored a presentation at professional conferences — all while they were still students at JCSU.
  • 30 — The percentage of chemistry majors who were coauthors of scientific papers that were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

JCSU has obtained a significant amount of funding from the National Science Foundation to help recruit, retain and graduate minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Through our grant-funded programs — HBCU-UP and OASIS — we have graduated more African-American students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) than the national average. These programs are available to all STEM majors.


HBCU-UP promotes student achievement. With HBCU-Up, you’ll have access to:

  • Tutoring
  • Student research opportunities
  • Access to visiting scientists
  • Financial assistance for travel to professional meetings and conferences


Through our One-stop Academic Student Integrated System (OASIS), we work with you throughout your entire education to make sure you succeed in the classroom and are prepared for the workforce after graduation.

With the help of our “academic success coaches,” you’ll stay on track to graduate through free:

  • Tutoring with peer mentors
  • Help with time management
  • Course scheduling
  • Assistance to improve your study habits

Shared Instrumentation Resource Laboratory

The Shared Instrumentation Resource Laboratory (SIRL) is being established with funding from NSF (HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project). The SIRL will be equipped with a full range of state-of-the-art chemical analysis instrumentation and represents a quantum leap in the teaching and research infrastructure within the NSM Department. The SIRL will also serve as a resource for faculty/students beyond the NSM department by providing self-guided instruction for faculty/students in fields as varied as nutrition and forensic science. Ultimately the SIRL will play an important role in helping residents of the NW Corridor understand the nature and extent of pollution.

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

On-campus organizations are the best way for you to get to know your professors outside the classroom setting.

The Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and the Society for Opportunities in the Sciences (SOS) both provide our students with professional development, as well as opportunities for socializing and community service.

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1155.