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Welch Scholarship

Students in chemistry-related majors at St. Edward’s may apply for Welch Foundation undergraduate research scholarships — including a summer scholarship that provides a six-week stipend to conduct research.

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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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Chemistry Seminar
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Organic Chemistry I, Lab
• Organic Chemistry II, Lab
• Spectroscopic, Chromatographic and Electrochemical Methods
• Structural Inorganic Chemistry
• Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
• Thermodynamics and Kinetics
• Chemical Instrumentation Lab
• Advanced Synthesis and Structural Determination Laboratory
• Research (4 times)
• Upper-Division Elective

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Calculus III
• (Differential Equations and Linear Algebra highly recommended)
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab or University Physics I, Lab
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab or University Physics II, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (35 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Chemistry Seminar
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Organic Chemistry I, Lab
• Organic Chemistry II, Lab
• Spectroscopic, Chromatographic and Electrochemical Methods
• Structural Inorganic Chemistry
• Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
• Chemical Instrumentation Lab
• Advanced Synthesis and Structural Determination
• Research (3 times)
• Upper division Chemistry elective

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab or University Physics I
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab or University Physics II
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

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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