The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs in Chemistry at St. Edward’s University explore how material substances interact, combine and change.
Coupling a Chemistry major with the liberal arts experience offers an education that is both broad and diverse. General education coursework complements the Chemistry major by teaching students to synthesize a range of knowledge, perspectives and creative methods; identify and respond creatively and effectively to local and global challenges; address complex societal issues; understand the importance of and develop the capacities for self-assessment and ethical reasoning; and evaluate arguments and address complex issues using quantitative analysis and scientific reasoning. Students in the Chemistry programs are interested in...
Both degree tracks provide comprehensive exploration of chemistry that will prepare students for advanced programs or professional careers. Coursework spans the breadth of each of the five chemistry sub-disciplines: analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry.
Students pursuing a degree in Chemistry have two degree tracks to choose from.
The BS in Chemistry is a rigorous course of study that incorporates more math and laboratory experience.This degree track is intended primarily to meet the needs of a student who wishes to seek employment in the chemical industry or to prepare for graduate study in Chemistry.
Major Requirements: 69 hours of major courses, of which 23 hours are supporting courses from math, physics, and biology.
General Education Requirements: In addition to the major program requirements, all students must satisfy the general education requirements and complete electives to have a total of at least 120 hours for graduation.
View and download the full degree plan for the BS in Chemistry major (PDF).
This degree track provides more opportunities to take non-science-related courses for a broader-based education and is intended primarily for those students who wish to teach at the secondary school level or would like to use Chemistry as a supporting discipline.
Major Requirements: 52 hours of major courses, of which 20 hours are supporting courses from math, physics, and biology.
General Education Requirements: In addition to the major program requirements, all students must satisfy the general education requirements and complete electives to have a total of at least 120 hours for graduation
View and download the full degree plan for the BA in Chemistry major (PDF).
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
Students majoring in Chemistry can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through research, conferences and interactions with the greater Austin community. The Chemistry faculty have been very successful in securing external funding in support of curricular innovation, modern laboratory instrumentation and undergraduate research.
In addition to an ongoing departmental research grant from the Welch Foundation, the department has secured curricular and equipment grants from the National Science Foundation, the Keck Foundation and the Educational Advancement Foundation. We are funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education under the Title V provision and through a five-year, $2.75 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences as part of a consortium that includes St. Edward’s University, Southwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin. We are proud to be considered one of the best-equipped and best-funded small college chemistry departments in the country.
The Department of Chemistry has an active, externally funded undergraduate research program. In addition to performing research over the academic year in one of the faculty-led research groups, students are encouraged to apply for participation in the full-time summer research program. The department's summer program is fully funded and successful applicants receive competitive student stipends.
Other Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) include:
Students in chemistry-related majors at St. Edward’s University may apply for Welch Foundation undergraduate research scholarships — including a summer scholarship that provides a six-week stipend to conduct research.
Students are 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. Students also have the opportunity to present at the annual SOURCE Symposium of undergraduate research on the St. Edward's campus.
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Our graduates have entered the field in a wide range of roles.
Our graduates are attending or have attended graduate schools at the following institutions:
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A Chemistry minor is available for students interested in the field of chemistry, or for students who would benefit from adding courses in chemistry to their education for their future endeavors.