Saint Xavier University Chemistry Department


Chemistry Programs

The Chemistry Department offers two major programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with concentrations in Biochemistry and Chemistry, as well as several options for earning a minor in Chemistry. Additionally, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.

Chemistry Major

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry prepares students for roles as professional scientists. Students acquire an understanding of scientific concepts and problem solving techniques, and the ability to integrate and apply these skills in a laboratory setting. Two distinct or tracks, chemistry and biochemistry, are designed to meet different interests and professional goals.

The Chemistry Track provides students a background in traditional areas of the chemistry curriculum. This track provides excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, teach at the secondary level or work as chemists in industry or government.

The Biochemistry Track in the chemistry major provides students with a broad background in chemistry and an emphasis on biochemistry. It is the track of choice for students who are interested in living systems at the molecular level. This track provides excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue graduate study in biochemistry or professional studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and other health sciences.

Natural Science Major

The Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science is designed for students seeking a broad exposure to biological, chemical and physical sciences. Course selection to meet specific educational goals is made in consultation with your academic advisor. The requirements for Natural Science majors allow optimal flexibility in the selection of science courses.

Chemistry Minor

A Chemistry minor complements many majors and pre-professional programs. It is an attractive option for students with majors in biology or business and provides an excellent background for students with career goals in medicine or the environment.


The Pre-Professional Program at Saint Xavier University is a four-year baccalaureate program that prepares students for entrance into medical school in the areas of dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine. Although students may choose from a wide variety of majors, most premed students major in the sciences, such as:

  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

A student must be academically strong in order to succeed in professional school. Students who plan to apply to professional school will need to fulfill the following guidelines for success:

  • High school prerequisites: Students should have a strong high school background in biology, chemistry and mathematics, and must meet the University's general requirements for admission.
  • University GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Professional admission test scores (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, VAT, OAT) average or above average.
  • Personalities and maturity compatible with chosen profession.
  • Strong letters of evaluation from teachers and professionals
  • Practical experience in and direct knowledge of the chosen profession based on extra-curricular work or volunteer activities in the profession.

Saint Xavier University and the University of Illinois at Chicago Working Together.

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois has approved courses at Saint Xavier University for its pre-pharmacy requirements for admission to its four-year doctoral pharmacy program. Although, completion of all course work does not necessarily guarantee admission to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois.