College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
Interested in the health sciences, patent law, or pharmacology? Want to be a doctor, vet, or dentist? A St. Kate's Chemistry major provides a hands-on, practical approach to chemistry in the lab and classroom. Through lab research experiences, training in Green Chemistry principles, and use of modern instrumentation, we prepare chemistry students for a broad range of careers including medical school, graduate school, and industrial careers.
Collaborate with Faculty on Research and in the Lab
Work collaboratively in St. Kate's modern laboratories and facilities that feature more than a half-million dollars' worth of instrumentation.
Our courses equip you with the knowledge and skills employers seek, including how to operate state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. This includes hands-on experience using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), X-ray crystallography, and mass spectrometry.
The lab courses will incorporate problem-based learning in which you’ll use different types of chemistry to solve problems of interest. You’ll benefit from repeated practice proposing new ways to investigate problems, completing experiments using modern equipment, and analyzing data utilizing a variety of approaches.
Student–faculty collaborative research projects give students the opportunity to develop peer relationships with faculty and present the results of their research at local, regional, and national meetings of the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, and the Materials Research Society.
When pursuing a chemistry degree from St. Kate's, you will gain a solid background in research, the structure of matter, and the laws that govern the combination or reaction of elements. You will gain the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills for a range of careers, including:
- biotechnology companies
- biopharmaceutical companies
- medical device companies
- environmental health companies
- hospitals and clinics
- college or university labs
- government agencies
- education at middle or high schools
Your chemistry bachelor's degree will also prepare you to pursue graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, as well as professional programs in medicine, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, pharmacology, and medical technology.