Chemistry is the study of matter, energy and the connection between the two. Bringing together mathematics, biology, physics, medicine and other sciences, chemistry serves as an excellent foundation for understanding the world around you. Academic work in this area instills in students superior analytic and problem-solving skills, develops strong process skills for laboratory work and provides "molecular spectacles" with which to view the world.
Programs of Study
The Chemistry Department offers a range of programs, which includes majors in natural science, pre-professional and chemistry with the option of a chemistry track or biochemistry track. It also offers a minor in chemistry.
Coursework in Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science supports students in major programs in Biology, Nursing and Education, and also prepares pre-professional students for professional school success in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Podiatry, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Clinical Chemistry and Chiropractic. Other courses in Chemistry, Physical Science and Physics are designed for enrichment and can be taken as electives or to fulfill core requirements in general education.
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Chemistry Student Spotlight
"My education in the Chemistry Department at Saint Xavier University transcended the expectations that most individuals have when seeking a degree program. Because of its size, I was able to establish close, personal relationships with every faculty member in the department. Education became something more than the traditional series of classroom lectures, taking the form of intimate, discussion-based learning. This conceptual education was closely paired with a considerable amount of laboratory experience. I had the privilege to not only complete the necessary laboratory coursework, but to also conduct collaborative research with faculty members. Culminating in a presentation at a national conference in San Francisco, my research experience is a testament to the opportunities available to all chemistry students at Saint Xavier. The Chemistry Department truly cares about its students and is willing to do anything to ensure that they succeed."