Learn how to solve critical environmental problems

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... 

  • Access state of-the-art instrumentation
  • Explore the effects chemical substances have on the earth’s ecosystems
  • Gain the skills to produce and present professional-level work
  • Learn to tackle environmental problems by addressing the underlying chemical processes that drive changes within the natural world
  • Prepare for graduate studies in chemistry or environmental science
  • Join a student-faculty research group for at least two semesters of research courses
  • Benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center

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.

Degree Requirements

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:             

  • Environmental Politics and Policy – Explore new demands worldwide for dealing with the risks of climate change, population growth, loss of biological diversity and terrorism, which will force governments everywhere to rethink policy strategies and find new ways to reconcile environmental and economic goals.
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics – A rigorous consideration of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and chemical kinetics.
  • Biochemistry – Survey of the fundamentals of biochemistry. Topics include structure of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, catalysis, kinetics, bioenergetics and metabolism, and information pathways.

Our Faculty and Student Support Services

“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

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

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.

On Campus Projects

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].

Internships

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

  • Tetra Tech
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Alumni Outcomes

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.

Our graduates are working in:

  • PhD candidate, DePaul University
  • PhD candidate, Colorado State
  • PhD candidate, University of North Texas

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