Chemistry Program (M., m.)
Department overview • Biology
(M., m.) • Chemistry (M., m.) •
Saint Martin’s University offers both a bachelor of arts degree and
a bachelor of science degree in chemistry through its College of
Arts and Sciences.
Society is influenced by the field of chemistry in essentially all
phases of life. An understanding of chemistry is necessary for those
who wish to study such subjects as biology, physiology, psychology,
geology, environmental science, engineering, law, medicine and
dentistry. It is of value in fields as diverse as psychology, law
A knowledge of chemistry and its effects - as related to the foods
we eat, the air we breathe and medications we use, for example,
enhances the lives of students from all disciplines.
All chemistry courses at Saint Martin’s contain a strong emphasis on
classroom instruction and development of competent laboratory
techniques. In advanced courses, students receive hands-on training
in the operation and use of all departmental instruments. The
departmental teaching and research facilities and instrumentation
are being improved and updated regularly.
The curriculum leading to the bachelor of science degree in
chemistry is designed to prepare students for positions in industry
and government or graduate education in the field. Degree
requirements are based on American Chemical Society standards.
Students working toward a bachelor of science degree are expected
to complete a two- to eight-semester hour program of undergraduate
research and to present a senior thesis to the chemistry department.
Seniors also are encouraged to present their work at a regional or
national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
An internship program is available to all chemistry majors, although
internships are not a requirement. All chemistry majors are advised
to take these electives: ENG 306, Professional and Academic Writing
Skills; and CSC 160, Introduction to Computing Technology.
The department sponsors a Student Affiliates chapter of the American
Chemical Society. This chapter is recognized and supported by the
University’s student government. Membership is open to all chemistry
majors and other students interested in chemical issues. The club
sponsors guest speakers and field trips, and provides service to the
University in a variety of ways.