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Interested in the health sciences, patent law or pharmacology? Want to be a doctor, vet or dentist? A St. Kate’s chemistry major, offered on our St. Paul campus, gives you a solid background in research, the structure of matter and the laws that govern the combination of reactions of the elements.

what can I do with a degree in Chemistry?

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 have 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 a middle or high school

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.

what will I study?

At St. Kate’s, chemistry majors can choose from one of three tracks: Core Chemistry, Biochemistry or an American Chemical Society-Certified Concentration.

In each, you will have the opportunity to 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.

Lab courses incorporate problem based learning where students use different types of chemistry to solve problems of interest. This gives repeated practice proposing new ways to investigate problems, completing experiments using modern equipment, and analyzing data using a variety of approaches.

All students are trained in green chemistry and toxicology. These initiatives have been incorporated across our curriculum as part of the department's pledge to the Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Commitment.

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.

Did you know?

  • Chemistry is offered as a major and minor.

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why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting, and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty — the majority are women — are diligent researchers with doctorates from nationally recognized chemistry programs in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate's Experience

The St. Kate's Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.