Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

The Chemistry Major:  Required Courses

Required Courses: Chemistry Core Courses (28 semester hours)

  • CHEM 106-General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311-Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 312-Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 451-Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 452-Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 305-Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 405-Inorganic Chemistry

Required Courses: Cognate Courses (16 semester hours)

  • MATH 151-Calculus I
  • MATH 152-Calculus II
  • PHYS 131-General Physics I
  • PHYS 132-General Physics II

Required Courses: Elective Courses (4 semester hours)

Option 1: ACS Certified Major

  • CHEM 325-Chemical Literature
  • CHEM 420-Biochemistry I

Option 2: non-ACS Certified Major

  • CHEM 306-Instrumental Analysis
  • PHYS 462-Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM 490-Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 399/397 or 499/497-Independent Study/Directed Research (as approved by the Chemistry faculty)
  • CHEM 480-Topics in Chemistry