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Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University offers you the opportunity to not only earn a degree but also pursue research projects, use specialized equipment and get involved on campus.

A chemistry degree paves the way for you to work in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, chemical agencies, the government, or further your education. Our undergraduate degrees also set the groundwork for graduates to go on to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary or law. All bachelor of science degrees in the chemistry department have received continuous certification by the American Chemical Society since 1946.

As a chemistry major, you will have the opportunity to get involved in research projects under the close mentorship of a full-time faculty member. Students in the graduate program work closely with our faculty on research projects in the areas of synthesis and materials chemistry, and chemical analysis and physical characterization.

You will use a variety of specialized equipment and computers in instructional and research laboratories. Some undergraduate students will work as laboratory assistants. Plus, SLU's chemistry club sponsors events throughout the year, including tours of local industries, guest speakers and activities in the community during National Chemistry Week.

Chemistry Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry is committed to the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge from the chemical sciences to benefit humanity in the Jesuit tradition of the pursuit of truth. We study problems that are of global concern through our research conducted in multidisciplinary areas of science and technology. We disseminate findings in the chemical sciences through our scholarship and teaching. We are committed to providing outstanding education that prepares our students and postdoctoral fellows to make meaningful contributions in their future endeavors.  The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to valuing diversity in all aspects of a person’s identity to create an inclusive and equitable community.  

Chemistry Vision Statement

While remaining true to our strong commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and mentoring, we will foster an inclusive environment that embraces diversity to enrich the student experience, improve our research reputation and productivity, and engage alumni and industry.