Chemistry Major

A student who is majoring in chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University is introduced to all of the major sub-disciplines: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. An important objective of the program is to develop in students the ability to solve problems by employing the techniques of the various sub-disciplines of chemistry. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on chemistry as a laboratory science. Consequently, a student majoring in chemistry learns not only the basic theories of chemistry, but also how to use experimental techniques to solve chemical problems. Students hone their experimental skills through hands-on experience on modern research-grade instrumentation in our laboratory courses taught by faculty. In addition, chemistry majors are able to engage in faculty-directed independent research projects in the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and environmental chemistry during the academic year and/or in the summer. Students often have the opportunity to present the results of their research at local, regional, and national scientific meetings as well as co-author publications with graduate students and faculty. The curriculum for the chemistry major is designed to prepare students for continuing their educations in graduate and professional schools such as medicine, law, or business as well as employment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and government laboratories.

Goal 1:  Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical methods and models that chemists use to understand the properties and behavior of matter.

Outcome 1.1:  Students will demonstrate a mastery of the key concepts in the five major subdisciplines of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Outcome 1.2:  Students will apply appropriate theoretical models to explain experimental observations.

Goal 2:  Students will employ the experimental methods used by chemists.

Outcome 2.1:  Students will properly employ the instruments that are used to study problems in chemistry. The students will correctly interpret the data that they obtain from these instruments.

Outcome 2.2:  Students will store, handle, and use chemicals safely and responsibly.

Goal 3:  Students will effectively communicate scientific information.

Outcome 3.1:  Students will present results from chemical investigations and the chemical literature both orally and in writing.

Outcome 3.2:  Students will search and properly cite the chemical literature for published work relevant to a problem of contemporary interest.  

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

MAT 161Calculus I4
Natural Science
CHM 120
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
or CHM 121 General Chemistry Honors I

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

MAT 162Calculus II4
PHY 105
PHY 106
University Physics I
and University Physics II
PHY 105L
PHY 106L
University Physics Lab I
and University Physics Lab II

General Education Electives

Any eleven courses

Major Requirements

Foundation Course Requirements

CHM 118Chemical Sciences Orientation1
CHM 125
CHM 215L
General Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
or CHM 126 General Chemistry Honors II
CHM 204Literature of Chemistry1
CHM 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 215
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHM 300Discussions in Chemistry1
CHM 310
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM 315
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHM 330
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHM 340
and Biochemistry Lab
CHM 350
Inorganic Chemistry
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHM 360Nanochemistry3
CHM 361
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laborator
CHM 402Seminar in Chemistry II1

In-Depth Course Requirements

Select one from the following:
CHM 400Chemistry of the Earth3
CHM 410Biophysical Chemistry3
CHM 420Atmospheric Environmental Chem3
CHM 430Mechanisms in Organic Chem3
CHM 435Tech Applications of Chemistry3
CHM 440Organometallic Chemistry3
CHM 460Aqueous Environmental Chem3
CHM 480Inorganic Biochemistry3
CHM 490Spectroscopy3

Enrollment in CHM 390  , is required each semester for junior and senior chemistry majors. In order to fulfill the requirements for an ACS certified degree, students must also take CHM 493 and CHM 494

Secondary Education Double Major

Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry In order to become certified to teach at the secondary education level (grades 7-12), students must complete a total of five Education and three Special Education courses, as well as student teaching.  For further details, see the Teacher Education section of the catalog.   Students interested in the dual major program should speak to their academic advisors and to Chair of the Department of Chemistry as early in their academic careers as possible.

EDU 150Schools in Society w/ Field3
EDU 157Adolescent Development w/Field3
EDU 246Language and Culture w/ Field3
EDU 247Literacy in Cont Areas w/Field3
EDU 418Instr Techniq Science w/Field3
EDU 491Secondary Student Teaching12
SPE 160Intro to Special Education3
SPE 205Inclusive Classrooms w/ Field3
SPE 320Progress Monitoring w/ Field3
Total Hours36