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Darrell Axtell
Greg Milligan
Arwyn Smalley
David Tempel

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Darrell Axtell, chair

Chemistry Program (M., m.)

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What is the Chemistry Program?

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and their interaction. 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. 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.

Why study chemistry at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin’s University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. All chemistry courses have a strong emphasis on classroom instruction and the 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.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our chemistry outcomes website.

What is required?

Degree requirements are based on American Chemical Society standards.

Bachelor of Arts

  • 20 semester hours of chemistry
  • 10 semester hours of physics
  • Eight semester hours of mathematics
  • 26-32 semester hours of upper-division courses

Bachelor of Science

  • 20 semester hours of chemistry
  • 10 semester hours of physics
  • Eight semester hours of mathematics
  • 30-31 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Complete a two-to eight-semester hour program of undergraduate research
  • Present a senior thesis to the chemistry department. Seniors are encouraged to present their work at a regional or national meeting of the American Chemical Society.


  • 30 semester hours of chemistry

For a complete breakdown of chemistry requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

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. A degree in chemistry can lead to work in such fields as:

  • Product development
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental testing
  • Regulation
  • Healthcare/pharmaceuticals
  • Forensics

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research / internship opportunities

An internship is available to all chemistry majors, although internships are not a requirement.

Related fields of study

Biology (M., m.) | Physics

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