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:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive
- Writing Intensive, and
Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements
General Education Signature Courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|MAT 161||Calculus I||4|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|or CHM 121||General Chemistry Honors I|
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:
|MAT 162||Calculus II||4|
& PHY 106
|University Physics I|
and University Physics II
& PHY 106L
|University Physics Lab I|
and University Physics Lab II
General Education Electives
Any eleven courses
Foundation Course Requirements
|CHM 118||Chemical Sciences Orientation||1|
& CHM 215L
|General Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|or CHM 126||General Chemistry Honors II|
|CHM 204||Literature of Chemistry||1|
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|CHM 300||Discussions in Chemistry||1|
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry Lab I
|Physical Chemistry II|
and Physical Chemistry Lab II
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
and Biochemistry Lab
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
and Analytical Chemistry Laborator
|CHM 402||Seminar in Chemistry II||1|
In-Depth Course Requirements
|Select one from the following:|
|CHM 400||Chemistry of the Earth||3|
|CHM 410||Biophysical Chemistry||3|
|CHM 420||Atmospheric Environmental Chem||3|
|CHM 430||Mechanisms in Organic Chem||3|
|CHM 435||Tech Applications of Chemistry||3|
|CHM 440||Organometallic Chemistry||3|
|CHM 460||Aqueous Environmental Chem||3|
|CHM 480||Inorganic Biochemistry||3|
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 150||Schools in Society w/ Field||3|
|EDU 157||Adolescent Development w/Field||3|
|EDU 246||Language and Culture w/ Field||3|
|EDU 247||Literacy in Cont Areas w/Field||3|
|EDU 418||Instr Techniq Science w/Field||3|
|EDU 491||Secondary Student Teaching||12|
|SPE 160||Intro to Special Education||3|
|SPE 205||Inclusive Classrooms w/ Field||3|
|SPE 320||Progress Monitoring w/ Field||3|