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Welch Scholarship

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Chemistry

The Chemistry program at St. Edward’s offers BA and BS degrees, providing a scientific, mathematical and highly professional preparation for advanced training and research. We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least three semesters of research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Overview:

As a BS in Chemistry major, you’ll build on your background in the natural sciences and gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the natural world. You’ll study matter using math, theory and experimentation. And you’ll explore the composition and behavior of physical substances, down to the atomic level.

The BS in Chemistry is ideal for students who prefer a more science-intensive degree for entry to graduate school in chemistry or related sciences — and for medical or dental school.

With a BS in Chemistry, graduates may work as analytical chemists in food chemistry or pharmaceutical labs or as research assistants or medical technologists. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions. Our students have gone on to pursue graduate, medical and dental degrees at such universities as the University of Texas–San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston, Texas A&M, Purdue and Portland State.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and departmental events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BS in Chemistry majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in chemistry complete core courses, which include Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, and Research Methods.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BS in Chemistry majors complete supporting courses, which include Calculus, Physics, and History and Philosophy of Science.

SENIOR SEMINAR
In your junior year, you’ll begin working a chemistry research project in collaboration with a faculty member. In your senior year, you’ll present your findings at the annual Senior Seminar Symposium on campus. Examples of past presentations include “Catalytic Splitting of Water Using a Ruthenium (II) Complex” and “Infrared Studies on the Effects of Various Hydrogen Bonding Bases on the Competition Between Intramolecular and Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding in Alcohols.”

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Overview:

As a BA in Chemistry major, you’ll build on your background in the natural sciences and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the physical world. You’ll study matter using math, theory and experimentation. And you’ll explore the composition and behavior of physical substances, down to the atomic level.

The BA in Chemistry is best for students interested in teaching at the secondary school level, as well as students on a path to medical or dental school. This degree gives you more options to take non-science-related courses for a broader-based education.

Along with teaching high school, BA in Chemistry graduates may work in pharmaceutical sales or as lab technicians or research assistants. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions. Our students have gone on to pursue graduate, medical and dental degrees at such universities as the University of Texas–San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston, Texas A&M, Purdue and Portland State.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and departmental events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Chemistry majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in chemistry complete core courses, which include Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, and Research Methods.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BA in Chemistry majors complete supporting courses, which include Calculus, Physics, and History and Philosophy of Science.

SENIOR SEMINAR
In your junior year, you’ll begin working on an undergraduate research project in collaboration with a faculty member. In your senior year, you’ll present your findings at the annual Senior Seminar Symposium on campus. Examples of past presentations include “Catalytic Splitting of Water Using a Ruthenium (II) Complex,” and “Infrared Studies on the Effects of Various Hydrogen Bonding Bases on the Competition Between Intramolecular and Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding in Alcohols.”

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within chemistry. Engaging in professional-level research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • American Chemical Society – National
  • American Chemical Society – Southwest Region
  • Texas Academy of Science

Students also present at St. Edward’s University events:

  • Honors Thesis Symposium
  • McNair Scholars Conference
  • Senior Seminar Symposium in the School of Natural Sciences
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

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