About Chemistry at St. Mary's
Chemistry is all around us, and our quality of life is intimately linked to developments of new materials and to a better understanding of all biological processes.
A major in chemistry will give you a 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.
|Chemistry Degree Plan Options|
|Chemistry with Teacher Certification (B.A.)|
|Chemistry with an Emphasis in Biochemistry (B.S.)|
|Forensic Science with Chemistry Option (B.S.)|
Minor in Chemistry requires 20 credit hours.
Chemistry students are highly encouraged to participate in student leadership opportunities such as the Chemistry Club, Chemical Society, undergraduate research, work-study, and community service opportunities offered through the University’s Civic Engagement and Career Development Center.
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 such programs at NASA and at universities and medical centers throughout the United States.
What can I do with this degree?
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.
A chemistry degree can lead to career paths in professions such as medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, chemical engineering, journalism, law, forensic science, and biochemistry.
|Chemist||Chemistry teacher||Environmental chemist|
Considering Medical School?
St. Mary's has partnerships that can fast-track our students' acceptance to nursing, dental and medical programs. Keep in mind that our graduates are accepted to medical and dental programs at rates much higher than the national average. For more information, view the Pre-professional Programs page.
Do you still have questions about the Chemistry program at St. Mary's? Contact:
Susan Oxley, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Are you ready to apply to St. Mary's?
For more information, visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry web page.