The program in Chemistry seeks to provide a thorough scientific, mathematical, and highly professional preparation for advanced training and research. In addition, the program strives to make a significant contribution to the general cultural development of students by helping them gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the role of the intelligent citizen. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in Chemistry are intended primarily to prepare students for careers as industrial chemists or for graduate study in Chemistry.
Biochemistry lies at the interface of Biology and Chemistry. It is a discipline that emphasizes a molecular approach to the study of biological processes. The St. Edward's program consists of an appropriate mix of Chemistry and Biology courses aimed at providing the student with a thorough grounding in the fundamental conceps of the discipline. This program will prepare the student for entry into professional schools serving the health professions, for graduate study in related disciplines and for careers in the field.
Some of the most critical and challenging issues that must be addressed in this century are environmental in nature. Finding good policy solutions to address these issues will require an understanding of the underlying processes that drive environmental changes. Many of these processes are chemical in nature and must be studied using the techniques of chemistry. The professional tools needed to address these problems are extensive expertise in the field of chemistry and a general knowledge of the field of environment science. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Chemistry is designed to prepare college graduates with this type of expertise. A degree in Environmental Chemistry provides professional preparation for students interested in applying a rigorous scientific degree to careers in the environmental field. Graduates with this degree have a background appropriate for attending graduate school in chemistry or environmental science, or professional employment in environmental analysis and environmental remediation positions with corporations, research labs, and governmental agencies. Graduates of this program would also be well qualified to pursue a professional career in other areas of chemistry.
The Forensic Chemistry degree is designed to prepare the student to:
- Work in a forensic crime laboratory
- Pursue a graduate program in Forensic Chemistry or Chemistry
- Enter a pre-professional program
The degree plan represents a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry modified to include courses in Toxicology and Chemical Residue Analysis, with support courses in Criminal Justice.