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 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: 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).
2. 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 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).
The Department of Chemistry also offers degree in Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Forensic Chemistry.
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
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
- University of Michigan
- University of Mississipi
- North Carolina State University
- Boston University
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.
Our internship program acquaints students with practical experience. Our students have recently interned with...
- Bentoli AgriNutrition Inc.
- Sachem Inc.
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
Our graduates are attending or have attended graduate schools at the following institutions:
- University of Vermont
- University of Colorado at Boulder
- Colorado State University
- University of North Texas
- University of Texas
- University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio
- University of Missouri
- Texas A&M University
- Baylor University
- Texas Christian University
- Oregon State University
- Washington State University
- University of Nebraska Lincoln
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.
- CHEM 1340, 1140 General Chemistry, Lab 4 hrs
- CHEM 2327, 2127 Experimental Design & Practice, Lab 4 hrs
- CHEM 2323, 2123 Organic Chemistry I, Lab 4 hrs
- CHEM 2334, 2134 Inorganic Chemistry I, Lab 4 hrs
- CHEM 3000+ Upper-Division Chemistry Electives 9 hrs
- Total of 25 hrs
Meet the Pop Culture Scientist
She calls on zombies, vampires and Game of Thrones to teach Chemistry. Meet Dr. Raychelle Burks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.