The Department of Chemistry at St. Edward's offers a challenging, supportive program that focuses on the success of our majors in their future careers
Students in the Chemistry department at St. Edward's University learn basic chemical principles and theories through unique, hands-on, collaborative learning experiences designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, laboratories, research, advising sessions and program events — allow you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
We offer a variety of degree options for students who are interested in understanding more about chemistry and its applications. Foundational course work for each major is centered around a comprehensive Chemistry degree that will prepare students for any future endeavor ranging from graduate school, entry-level industry positions and a variety of pre-professional programs. For those who want to explore a more in-depth interdisciplinary focus of chemistry and biology, our Biochemistry degree is an excellent option. In addition, we support more specific student interests in forensic chemistry or environmental chemistry, which is evidence of the breadth of options students have if they choose to study chemistry at St. Edward’s.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Raychelle Burks, is featured as a Forensic Science expert on Learn How to Become.
Our own, Dr. Burks, is featured as an expert on "Learn How to Become," a website dedicated to helping aspiring forensic science professionals.
"It’s important for any top science student, and especially a forensic science student, to be an enthusiastic learner with the following qualities: A strong work ethic, good quantitative thinking skills, be task oriented, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, have a passion for science, and have a commitment to professional ethics." --Dr. Raychelle Burks
The Chemistry department has an active, externally-funded undergraduate research program. In addition to performing research during the academic year in one of our faculty-led research groups, majors also are encouraged to apply for participation in a full-time summer research experience offered by the department. This summer program is fully funded, with successful applicants awarded stipends, competitive with those offered at other undergraduate institutions across the nation. Students are also encouraged to present their results at professional meetings, such as regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and the Texas Academy of Science.
In support of this emphasis, the faculty has worked with other departments and the university administration to acquire funding to support curricular innovation and specifically modern laboratory instrumentation. These efforts have been very successful as evidenced by ongoing departmental research grants from the Welch Foundation, curricular and equipment grants from the National Science Foundation, and equipment grants from the Keck Foundation.
Faculty & Staff
The Department of Chemistry is home to a very active, award winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Chapter (ACSSC). The ACS student association is involved in an array of community service projects promoting chemistry throughout the Austin area. Chapter members serve as judges for a science fair at a local middle school, host guest speakers from various facets of the chemical community, and participate in events such as the National Chemistry Week and Earth Day.