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Chemistry Major

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St. Kate’s offers three concentrations of the chemistry major:

In addition, you may receive certification to teach chemistry in secondary schools by completing the core chemistry major with some additional courses in education and the sciences.

See below for a sample course sequence. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your individual needs.

Core concentration

Fall
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I
MATH 1130: Calculus I
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*

Winter
CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
MATH 1140: Calculus II
HIST: History course*
LANG/ART: Foreign language or fine arts course*

Fall
CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 1110: Intro to Physics I
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*

Winter
CHEM 2020: Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 1120: Intro to Physics II
EXSS: Exercise and sport science course*
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Fall
CHEM 3000: Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 3310: Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4850: Seminar
WOST/CRST: Women's studies or critical studies course*

Winter
CHEM 3320: Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4200: Adv. Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 4850: Seminar
Elective

Fall
CHEM 4850: Seminar
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science course*
Elective

Winter
CHEM 4400: Biochemistry
CHEM 4000: Adv. Inorganic Chem.
CHEM 4850: Seminar
Liberal arts course

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

American Chemical Society (ACS) approved concentration

To satisfy the requirements for the ACS concentration, you must complete the following courses in addition to those listed above for the core chemistry major:

  • CHEM 4914: Research (4 credits)
  • CHEM 4994: Topics

Biochemistry concentration

To earn the biochemistry concentration, you must complete the following courses in addition to the core chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 3400: Principles of Metabolism: Applied Biochemistry
  • BIOL 1210, 1220: General Biology I and II
  • BIOL 2800 or 2900: Cell Biology or Genetics

Other changes to the core concentration are as follows:

  • CHEM 3320: Physical Chemistry II or CHEM 4200: Advanced Analytical Chemistry (choose only one)
  • CHEM 4000: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry not required

Portfolio

As part of the department’s ongoing assessment activities, you will compile and maintain a portfolio of your work throughout the program.

The portfolio may include materials such as papers, exams, laboratory reports, research projects, seminar presentations and other items that document your experience and learning in the program. The portfolio serves as the basis for a review and discussion with departmental faculty conducted during your final term at St. Kate’s.

Writing requirement

Chemistry majors satisfy writing requirements by completing a specifically designated writing-intensive course (CHEM 4400: Biochemistry) within the chemistry major.

Transfer students or others that complete this course off-campus may satisfy this requirement by completing an alternative course approved by the department chair.