Bachelor in Chemistry


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Program Description

Students majoring in chemistry embark on a path leading to achievements in medicine, agriculture, health, and technology. You will be mentored, engage in research and collaborate with faculty distinguished in research on diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, materials science, medical devices, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agents. You will gain the hands-on experience on modern analytical instruments and in computational methods needed to substantiate scientific discoveries. You will supplement classroom learning with on-the-job experience in government agencies, corporations and research laboratories.

laboratory, analysis, chemistry

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on experience through student-faculty research collaboration in analytical, physical, organic, inorganic, biochemistry, materials science, and other interdisciplinary fields.
  • Faculty members with diverse cultural background and experience
  • Access to modern analytical, surface and chemical structure characterization and spectroscopic instruments for classroom and research.
  • Student research colloquium showcases student work and achievement.
  • Senior-year capstone experience involving student-faculty collaborative research and a senior thesis with oral and written presentations.
  • Professional development opportunities such as competitive student research awards and presentations at regional and national symposiums and conferences.
  • Department alums share post-graduate research in department seminars
  • Active Chemistry Club offers social and professional networking and community outreach.
  • Select classes are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • Program approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
  • National Science Foundation grants help provide a full range of modern instrumentation to support coursework and research.
  • International studies work done by faculty members in Nepal, Qatar and India, brings a global perspective to the study of chemistry.

Student Organizations

  • Chemistry Club
  • Pharmacy Club
  • Medical Professional Association (MPA)
  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • Pre-Veterinary Society
  • Pre-Med Club

University Facts & Statistics

  • 95% of chemistry graduates employed
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 25 years of residential math-science-computer camps for youth

Popular Careers

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Product Development
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Health

Requirements and Details

Chemistry minor electives

The following is a list of possible electives for the minor. Minor advisor approval is required. Details about these courses are available in the University Catalog.

  • Chem 307 Advanced Forensic Science
  • Chem 320 Environmental Chemistry
  • Chem 420 Physical Chemistry 1
  • Chem 421 Physical Chemistry 2
  • Chem 422 Physical Chemistry Lab 1
  • Chem 423 Physical Chemistry Lab 2
  • Chem 430 Inorganic Chemistry 1
  • Chem 431 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • Chem 440 Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Chem 450 Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 452 Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
  • Chem 453 Organic Mechanisms & Synthesis
  • Chem 460-469 Selected Topics in Chemistry
  • Chem 480 Biochemistry 1
  • Chem 481 Biochemistry 2
  • Chem 482 Biophysical Chemistry
  • Mats 411 Introduction to Materials Science & Nanotechnology
  • Mats 412 Solid-State Materials
  • Mats 414 Polymeric and Composite Materials

Job/Career Titles

  • Agricultural/Agrichemical Development
  • Chemical Engineer*
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist*
  • Consultant
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Testing
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fuel & Energy Conversion
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmacist*
  • Pollution Analysis
  • Product Development
  • Professor/Teacher*
  • Property/Patent Law*
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research Equipment Design
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Technical Writing
  • Testing & Analysis

*Advanced education preferred


General Industry

  • Agriculture/Food Manufacturing
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Chemical Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Hospitals and Medical Labs
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Private Research Labs
  • Public Health Departments
  • Minnesota Employers
  • 3M
  • Beckman Coulter
  • BioAmber, Inc.
  • Cargill
  • Cold Spring Brewery
  • Fehr Solutions
  • General Mills
  • Gradient Technology
  • Lifecore Biomedical
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medtox
  • MN State Institutions
  • Pace Analytical
  • R&D Systems
  • University of Minnesota
  • Xcel Energy

Skills and Traits

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Determined
  • Inquisitive
  • Intelligent
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Keen sense of observation
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong math and science background
  • Strong work ethic
  • Team player
  • Tenacity
  • Willing to work long hours
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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