The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry at St. Edward’s prepares you for careers that help solve critical environmental problems in such areas as climate change, energy, waste/recycling, air and water pollution, and environmental disasters. We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll enroll in at least two 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 Environmental Chemistry
As a BS in Environmental Chemistry major, you’ll explore the effects chemical substances have on the earth’s ecosystems. You’ll learn to tackle environmental problems by addressing the underlying chemical processes that drive changes within the natural world. Building on your passion for the natural sciences, this program gives you extensive expertise in chemistry, as well as a general knowledge of environmental science.
Graduates with a BS in Environmental Chemistry are employed by private consulting firms, corporations or research labs to help clean up yesterday’s waste and prevent tomorrow’s pollution. They may help reduce the depletion of natural materials by creating synthetic substitutes or developing new recycling technologies. Environmental chemists may even work with governmental agencies to create and implement environmental policies. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities.
Some students select this degree to prepare for graduate studies in chemistry or environmental science. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BS in Environmental Chemistry majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in environmental chemistry complete core courses, which include Environmental Science, Environmental Ethics, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I and II, Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Instrumentation Lab, and Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy.
BS in Environmental Chemistry majors complete supporting courses, which include Physics, Calculus, and History and Philosophy of Science.
In your junior year, you’ll begin working on an environmental 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. An example of a past presentation is “Pesticides in Your Food — Is Organic Really Organic?”
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry.
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 environmental 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)