Help 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’ll explore the effects chemical substances have on the earth’s ecosystems. You’ll learn to tackle environmental problems by addressing the underlying chemical processes that drive changes within the natural world. 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.

Hands-On Academics

We emphasize experiential learning. You’ll 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.


Some students select this degree to prepare for graduate studies in chemistry or environmental science. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

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. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities.

Resources and Facilities

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.