Find out how chemistry will equip you to change the world

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...

  • Finding cures for disease
  • Creating new materials for product innovation
  • Monitoring sources of pollution and contamination of chemicals that affect the environment
  • Analyzing evidence and samples for clues to solve crimes
  • Producing nutritious food and feed to sustainably support the population
  • Teaching Chemistry to the next generation

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.

Tracks and Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a degree in Chemistry have two degree tracks to choose from. 

1. Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

This degree track provides more opportunities to take non-science-related courses for a broader-based education and is intended primarily for those students preparing for medical school or who wish to teach at the secondary school level.

Major Requirements: 53 hours of major courses, of which 18 hours are supporting courses from math, physics, and science.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives are required.

View and download the full degree plan for the BA in Chemistry major (PDF).

2. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

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: 60 hours of major courses, of which 21 hours are supporting courses from math, physics, and science.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives are required.

View and download the full degree plan for the BS in Chemistry major (PDF).

 

The Department of Chemistry also offers degree in Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

Student Services

Student Support Services

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:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support

 

 

Learn more about these services.

Outside the Classroom

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.

Departmental and Research Funding

 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.

Student-Faculty Research Opportunities

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:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Michigan State University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Nebraska

Scholarships

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.

Conferences and Presentations

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.

Internships

Our internship program acquaints students with practical experience. Our students have recently interned with...

  • Bentoli AgriNutrition Inc.
  • Sachem Inc.

 

Alumni Outcomes

Our graduates have entered the field in a wide range of roles. 

Our graduates are working in:

  • Food chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical labs
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • Analytical chemist roles
  • Research assistant positions
  • Medical technologist roles

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

About the Minor

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. 

Required coursework:
  • General Chemistry, Lab
  • Analytical Chemistry, Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I, Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Two Upper-Division Chemistry Electives