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Chemistry, B.S.

Saint Louis University's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides excellent preparation for students seeking employment in industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, agriculture, etc.) or the government (Department of Defense labs, regulatory agencies, law enforcement). It also provides a solid foundation for students who want to continue their studies in professional (medical, dental, veterinary, law, etc.) or graduate school.

SLU's Department of Chemistry places a great emphasis on undergraduate research. Chemistry majors have ample opportunity to pursue research projects under the close mentorship of a full-time faculty member. Students use a variety of specialized equipment and computers in their laboratories and in their research. 

Program Highlights 

  • The chemistry program provides a rigorous curriculum, making graduates competitive for employment in STEM areas.
  • Students in upper-level chemistry courses enjoy small classes and personalized attention.
  • The chemistry program offers opportunities for students to strengthen their scientific communication skills through research activities that pair an undergraduate with a faculty researcher.
  • SLU provides a unique mentoring program freshman through senior year to guide and support students in reaching their professional goals.

Curriculum Overview

  • First Year: General Chemistry 1 and 2, Calculus I and II
  • Second Year: Organic Chemistry 1 and 2, Analytical Chemistry 1, Engineering Physics I and II
  • Third Year: Physical Chemistry 1 and 2, Biochemistry, physical chemistry lab, Organic Spectroscopy, Chemical Literature, undergraduate research
  • Fourth Year: Analytical Chemistry 2 and 3, General Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, inorganic chemistry lab, undergraduate research, and Mathematical Techniques in Chemistry

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

The benefits of SLU's chemistry program also include internship and career opportunities. Selected undergraduate students can apply to work with faculty in undergraduate laboratories as laboratory assistants. Lab assistants receive a stipend. Internships in the St. Louis area are also available.

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


Career options in chemistry include:

  • Education
  • Chemical research and development in industry or government laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical research and drug development
  • Environmental research
  • Management and administration in the chemical industry
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical sales

Other graduates continue through law school and specialize in patent law or environmental law. The public health sector is also a common area for chemists to work.

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.


All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 


Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.


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Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided through grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

Saint Louis University makes every effort to keep our education affordable. In fiscal year 2022, 99% of first-time freshmen and 90% of all students received financial aid and students received more than $445 million in aid University-wide.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by December 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

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The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry has been continuously certified by the American Chemical Society since 1946.

  1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a foundational understanding of inorganic, physical and biochemistry and advanced knowledge in organic and analytical chemistry.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency of basic (general, physical, inorganic) and advanced (organic and analytical) laboratory techniques and conduct laboratory experiments safely.
  3. Graduates will be able to collect, interpret and analyze quantitative data.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results effectively, especially through written reports and oral presentations.
  5. Graduates will be able to design and conduct independent research.

 Chemistry students must complete a minimum total of 64 credits for the B.S. major.

University Undergraduate Core32-35
Major Requirements
CHEM 1130
CHEM 1115
General Chemistry 1 for Majors
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 1140
CHEM 1125
General Chemistry 2 for Majors
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CHEM 2200
CHEM 2205
Analytical Chemistry 1
and Analytical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 3330Physical Chemistry 13
CHEM 3340Physical Chemistry 23
CHEM 3345Physical Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 2430
CHEM 2435
Organic Chemistry 1 for Majors
and Organic Chemistry 1 Lab for Majors
CHEM 2440
CHEM 2445
Organic Chemistry 2 for Majors
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory for Majors
CHEM 3100The Chemical Literature1
CHEM 3600Principles of Biochemistry3
CHEM 3970Undergraduate Research 13
CHEM 4200
CHEM 4205
Analytical Chemistry 2
and Analytical Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CHEM 4300Mathematical Techniques in Chemistry3
CHEM 4400Organic Spectroscopy3
CHEM 4500
CHEM 4505
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
MATH 1510Calculus I (may be applied to A&S Core)4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
PHYS 1610
PHYS 1620
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory (may be applied to A&S Core) 2
PHYS 1630
PHYS 1640
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory 2
General Electives29-32
Total Credits120

Students take three semesters, one credit per semester.


Engineering Physics I and II with lab are recommended for majors unless they are pre-medical. Physics I and II with lab (PHYS 1310 Physics I (3 cr), PHYS 1320 Physics I Laboratory (1 cr), PHYS 1330 Physics II (3 cr), and PHYS 1340 Physics II Laboratory (1 cr)) also fulfill the physics requirement and are recommended for pre-medical students

For any of the B.S. programs, a combination of MATH 2530 Calculus III (4 cr) and MATH 3110 Linear Algebra for Engineers (3 cr) can be used as a substitute for CHEM 4300 Mathematical Techniques in Chemistry (3 cr).

Non-Course Requirements

All Science and Engineering B.A. and B.S. students must complete an exit interview/survey near the end of their bachelor's program. 

Continuation Standards

The following standards apply to all new freshmen and transfer students:

  • Students must earn a "C-" or better in General Chemistry I (CHEM 1110 General Chemistry 1 (3 cr)/CHEM 1130 General Chemistry 1 for Majors (3 cr) and a "C-" or better in General Chemistry II (CHEM 1120 General Chemistry 2 (3 cr), CHEM 1140 General Chemistry 2 for Majors (3 cr), or the equivalent in transfer.
  • Students must earn a "C-" or better in CHEM 2200 Analytical Chemistry 1 (2 cr).

Students who do not earn a "C-" in any of the identified courses must retake the course at SLU in the following semester. If a "C-" is not earned on the second attempt the student will be dismissed from the major. A student who withdraws from one of these courses on the first attempt thus has one more attempt to earn a "C-."

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major (CHEM) and required related courses (BIOL, PHYS, MATH, etc.) If a student falls below a 2.0 major GPA the student must meet with the undergraduate program director to review their academic performance. If the student cannot raise their major GPA to 2.0 in two semesters, the student will be dismissed from the major.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
CHEM 1130 General Chemistry 1 for Majors 3
CHEM 1115 General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
University Core 7
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry 2 for Majors 3
CHEM 1125 General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
University Core 6
Year Two
CHEM 2430 Organic Chemistry 1 for Majors 3
CHEM 2435 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab for Majors 1
PHYS 1610 University Physics I 3
PHYS 1620 University Physics I Laboratory 1
University Core 6
CHEM 2200 Analytical Chemistry 1 2
CHEM 2205 Analytical Chemistry 1 Laboratory 2
CHEM 2440 Organic Chemistry 2 for Majors 3
CHEM 2445 Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory for Majors 1
PHYS 1630 University Physics II 3
PHYS 1640 University Physics II Laboratory 1
University Core 3
Year Three
CHEM 3330 Physical Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 3100 The Chemical Literature 1
University Core 6
General Electives 6
CHEM 3340 Physical Chemistry 2 3
CHEM 3345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 4400 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 3970 Undergraduate Research 1
University Core 9
Year Four
CHEM 4500 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 4200 Analytical Chemistry 2 3
CHEM 4205 Analytical Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
CHEM 3970 Undergraduate Research 1
University Core 3
General Electives 6
Completion of Exit Interview  
Completion of Undergraduate Thesis  
CHEM 3600 Principles of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 4300 Mathematical Techniques in Chemistry 3
CHEM 4505 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 3970 Undergraduate Research 1
General Electives 4
 Total Credits120

Program Notes

Engineering Physics (PHYS 1610 University Physics I (3 cr)-PHYS 1640 University Physics II Laboratory (1 cr) is recommended. However, Physics (PHYS 1310 College Physics I (3 cr)-PHYS 1340 College Physics II Laboratory (1 cr) also fulfills the physics requirement.