Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. A chemist recognizes that there are many different substances in the everyday world created by a world of atoms and molecules whose nature and actions account for the properties of these substances. Studying chemistry requires thoughtfulness and imagination. It also requires exactness as predictions are tested and views of the atomic and molecular world modified based upon the results of measurements. So studying chemistry involves both analysis and imagination.
Students majoring in chemistry may choose either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in chemistry. The major focus is on the study of chemistry as both a subject and a process. As a subject, chemistry deals with the properties of atoms and moleculesthat constitute matter as we experience it, the forces that hold matter together, and the energy changes associated with changes in matter. As a process, chemistry is concerned with the tools and techniques of investigating matter, the interpretation of the results of these investigations, and the application of models used to explain the experimental results. Admission to courses beyond CHEM 1341 requires a “C” or better in their prerequisites at the University of St. Thomas or their equivalents at another appropriately accredited institution. The decision on the adequacy of an equivalent rests with the department chair.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry have been accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training.
Degrees and Certificates
Chemistry,Bachelor of Arts
Biochemistry,Bachelor of Science
Chemistry,Bachelor of Science
Industrial & Process Chemistry,Bachelor of Science & Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry