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At Saint Louis University, you can get either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. No matter which you choose, you'll have ample opportunity to pursue research projects under the close mentorship of a full-time faculty member and to use specialized equipment and computers.


Major in Chemistry

Both the B.S. and B.A. tracks offered at SLU's Department of Chemistry include coursework in general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.

The B.S. track provides more advanced laboratory work and research. If you want to go on to graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry, or want to work directly for a chemical company, the chemistry B.S. is recommended. SLU’s Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry has been continuously certified by the American Chemical Society since 1946.

If you are in SLU’s pre-professional health studies program, pre-law program or are interested in a double major, the chemistry B.A. might be for you.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Regular Track

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Pre-Med Track

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Regular Track

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Pre-Med Track

Dual Degree of Cooperative Engineering Program

Highlighted Courses
  • CHEM 1130-1140: General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 2410-2420: Organic Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 2200: Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3330-3340: Physical Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 4500: Inorganic Chemistry

Continuation Standards

In order to continue as a student in the Department of Chemistry, you must meet the following continuation standards:

  • Earn C- or better in General Chemistry I (CHEM 1110/1130) and a C- or better in General Chemistry II (CHEM 1120, 1140), or the equivalent in transfer.
  • Earn a C- or better in Analytical Chemistry 1 (CHEM 2200).

If you do not earn a C- in these courses, you must retake the course at SLU the following semester. If you do not earn a C- on the second attempt, you will be dismissed from the major. If you withdraw from one of these courses on the first attempt, you have one more attempt to earn a C-.

You must maintain a 2.0 GPA in major-related courses (BIOL, PHYS, MATH, etc.). If you fall below a 2.0 major GPA, you must meet with the undergraduate program director. If you cannot raise your major GPA to 2.0 in two semesters, you will be dismissed from the major.

Internships and Careers

SLU graduates who study chemistry are prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Education
  • Chemical research and development
  • Pharmaceutical research and drug development
  • Environmental research
  • Materials science research
  • Management and administration in the chemical industry
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical sales

Other graduates go on to law school and specialize in patent law or environmental law. The public health sector also provides many career opportunities for chemists.


Faculty in SLU’s department of chemistry are strongly committed to undergraduate participation in their research programs. All our faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Undergraduate Research

Research and Networking

Undergraduates who study chemistry at SLU can attend professional meetings and present their research results. In recent years, SLU students have presented numerous talks and poster presentations at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and other scientific conferences.