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Chemistry

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.

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Major in Chemistry

The B.S. and B.A. tracks both 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.

Curriculum
  • 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
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

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.


SLU chemistry lab

Select undergraduate chemistry students at SLU work with faculty members as laboratory assistants.

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.