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The College of St. Scholastica
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B.A./B.S. Chemistry

Fast Facts: Chemistry Major and Minor

  • Program focuses on chemistry and its importance to everyday life
  • Students learn how to think analytically and communicate clearly, very valuable skills in any career field
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation and computer labs provide meaningful, hands-on learning experiences for students
  • Small department engaged in student-focused research; students get the personal assistance and help they need to succeed
  • Student-run Chemistry/Biochemistry Club enables students with similar interests to further connect
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

Program Requirements


  • B.A. degree: 48 credits. The B.A. degree in chemistry is ideal for pre-professional (medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, veterinary) students as it allows more room for diverse courses.            
  • B.S. degree: 72 credits.The B.S. degree in chemistry is designed for students interested in graduate school and research or those pursuing laboratory employment immediately upon graduation.  

Minor: 20 credits

Research and Internships

Opportunities for student research and teaching abound in the Chemistry major. These include:

  • Assisting faculty with research projects
  • Participating in paid summer research programs
  • Serving as a paid teaching assistant or general assistant in the department


Graduates of the chemistry program have gone on to work as research and environmental scientists, lab managers, hazardous materials managers and scientific writers. Others have pursued advanced degrees in in biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. 

Become a chemistry teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more.

Pair with a language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse Coursework

Expand and Collapse CHM 4020 - Inorganic Chemistry

Considers acid-base concepts, bonding, ligand field theory, molecular orbital and symmetry principles, reactions, energetics, coordination compounds, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. Laboratory focuses on synthesis and reactions of a broad range of inorganic and organometallic compounds. Prerequisite: C- or higher in CHM1120, 2210, 3000. (Offered fall semester in even years: fall 2016, fall 2018, etc.)

Expand and Collapse MTH 2222 - Calculus II

Study of numerical integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, sequences and infinite series, basic ideas and methods for solving differential equations. Prerequisite: MTH 2221.

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  • "Small class sizes and personable professors made for a unique atmosphere that promoted and fostered learning. As I prepare to  pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry this  fall, I feel that The College of St. Scholastica's chemistry curriculum has successfully prepared me for graduate school through its thought provoking classes."

    – Chris Minter, ‘13