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  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT or SAT test is optional for prospective students applying for Fall 2020 to join the St. Mary’s University freshmen class of 2024.

Student Experience

Chemistry at St. Mary’s

Chemistry is all around us, and our quality of life is intimately linked to the development of new materials and to a better understanding of all biological processes.

A degree in Chemistry will give you unique insight into areas that are central to biology, geology, materials science, medicine, environmental science and many branches of engineering.

Chemistry will be an integral part of solving global challenges such as human health, energy and the environment.

Many graduates continue their education after completing their first degree, including medical school or graduate school.

Degree Plans

Not all Chemistry graduates wear white lab coats. As well as practical knowledge of the subject, Chemistry students develop many other skills prized by employers, such as problem-solving, numeracy, communication, creativity, and data analysis.

Chemistry Courses

The various degree options allow Chemistry students to select the path that best fits their future plans, from teaching certification to medical or dental school.

Course highlights include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • University Physics
  • Forensic Pharmacology
  • Forensic Toxicology

See the catalog for a full list of courses with descriptions:

The professors are incredibly encouraging in making sure you know of the opportunities that will make you a unique applicant for wherever you are applying. They often send emails for internship and job applications and work with you to find a good fit! All you have to do is ask.

Samantha Pérez, Class of 2020

Student Activities and Research

Chemistry students are highly encouraged to participate in student leadership opportunities such as the American Chemical Society of Students, undergraduate research, work study, and community service opportunities.

Many Chemistry majors seek summer research opportunities after their sophomore year, including with programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Past students have participated in programs at universities, such as Princeton, Duke and Michigan, and medical centers throughout the United States.

Ewa Nowara in the lab with S. Colette Daubner, Ph.D.

Learn more about Chemistry programs

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