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.
As a BS in Environmental Chemistry major, you will...
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.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry requires 68 hours of major courses, which include a combination of environmental science, chemistry, philosophy, biology, math, and physics.
General Education Requirements: The degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our Environmental Chemistry major (PDF).
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
“As a scientist, it is my goal to explore the natural world through the lens of chemistry and contribute to the global community of scientific explorers. As a teacher and mentor, I hope to guide students through this never-ending journey of exploration they will continue well beyond their years at St. Edward’s.”
– Santiago Toledo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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:
We emphasize experiential learning, so students majoring in Environmental Chemistry 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 may also participate in [insert types of projects/ opportunity] on campus. For example, six students in an installation art class with professor Alexandra Robinson created an interactive art installation for high-school students visiting campus [provide an example from your major, as available].
Our internship program acquaints students with practical experience. Our students have recently interned with:
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.
Many students expand their job possibilities through graduate study in related disciplines. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities.
Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.