Chemistry - BA, BS (ACS concentration only)

As a chemistry major at St. Kate's, students will study chemistry in an environment that stresses close student-faculty interaction and individual support. A student’s chemistry education will prepare her for a wide variety of careers in chemistry, including those in industry, health science and teaching. The major also serves as a stepping stone to other professions, including medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, patent law, and technical writing.

Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in the laboratory on open-ended projects utilizing St. Kate's modern facilities and more than a half-million dollars worth of instrumentation. Students collaborate with faculty on research projects in such areas as organic and inorganic synthesis, computer simulations and molecular modeling, nanoscience and nanotechnology, bioanalytical chemistry, structural biology, and X-ray crystallography of organometallic complexes. Financial support for undergraduate research, including student stipends, is available through the St. Catherine's 3M Collaborative Research Endowed Fund and the Summer Scholars Program as well as external grant support to faculty.

Student-faculty research projects allow students to develop peer relationships with faculty and to do science, not just talk about it. In recent years, students have partnered with faculty on a wide variety of projects in the areas of electronic properties of nanomaterials, synthesis of bioactive molecules for disease treatment, NMR determination of protein structure, and natural products chemistry. Students have presented the results of their research at local, regional, and national meetings of the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, and the Material Research Society.

In addition, St. Kate's is a member of the Green Chemistry Commitment. As a member of this commitment all chemistry graduates have training in chemical toxicology and green chemistry theory, applications, and practices.

The department's weekly chemistry seminars will introduce students to outside speakers who share their work and expertise in the discipline. These seminars also provide perspectives on careers in chemistry and our speakers often look to St. Kate's students for internships and job opportunities. Many chemistry majors obtain internships or technical assistant positions in local companies such as 3M, Ecolab, H.B. Fuller, Medtronic, and General Mills.

Chemistry majors are eligible for a variety of departmental scholarships. Some examples are the Sr. Marie James Gibbons Scholarship for a promising first-year student interested in chemistry as a major and the Sr. Mary Thompson Scholarship for a chemistry major planning a career in science or medicine. Multiple Helen Steinfort Jordan Scholarships are available to support talented junior and senior chemistry majors who also demonstrate financial need.

Chemistry majors who complete the core or biochemistry concentration earn the B.A. degree. Chemistry majors who complete the American Chemical Society (ACS) concentration may elect to receive either the B.A. or B.S. degree.

See also: Education-Chemistry with Grades 9 -12 Teaching Licensure

This major is offered in the College for Women only.

Curriculum

Core Chemistry Concentration

CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010
CHEM 2020
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
and Organic Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 3000Quantitative Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 3310Physical Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 3320Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4000WAdvanced Inorganic Chemistry with Lab4
CHEM 4200Advanced Analytical Chemistry with Lab4
CHEM 4400Biochemistry4
CHEM 4850Seminar (4 semesters)0
Supporting Courses (minimum grade of C- required)
PHYS 1110
PHYS 1120
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
8
MATH 1130
MATH 1140
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
Total Credits56

American Chemical Society (ACS) Approved Concentration

To satisfy the requirements for the ACS concentration, students must complete the following courses in addition to the major and required supporting courses listed above for the core chemistry concentration:

Credits from Core Concentration56
CHEM 4914Research4
CHEM 4994Topics2-4
or CHEM 4992 Topics
Total Credits62-64

Biochemistry Concentration

Required Courses
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010
CHEM 2020
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
and Organic Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 3000Quantitative Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 3310Physical Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 3320Physical Chemistry II4
or CHEM 4200 Advanced Analytical Chemistry with Lab
CHEM 4400Biochemistry4
CHEM 4500WAdvanced Biochemistry with Lab (Advanced Biochemistry)4
CHEM 4850Seminar (4 semesters)0
BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology I with Lab
and Foundations of Biology II with Lab
8
One additional upper division Biology course approved by the chemistry department chair4
Supporting Courses (minimum grade of C- required)
PHYS 1110
PHYS 1120
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
8
MATH 1130
MATH 1140
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
Total Credits64

Chemistry majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing CHEM 4000W Advanced Inorganic Chemistry with Lab or CHEM 4500W Advanced Biochemistry with Lab.  They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three additional writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).