Chemistry Major/Minor

The chemistry major serves those students who wish to build an educational background for a variety of interesting careers.

A Saint Mary's chemistry graduate is ready for immediate employment either as a chemical technician or as a chemist in government, industry, or academia. Chemistry offers excellent preparation for professional schools including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary science, or for graduate work in chemistry. An advanced degree can also lead to doing fundamental research in academia, industry, or government, or professional work in management, law, sales, marketing, consulting, or purchasing. A chemistry career is usually limited only by one’s own vision.

Career Options

Agricultural and food scientist; chemist; materials scientist; elementary, middle, or high school teacher; environmental scientist; forensic scientist; materials engineer; occupational health and safety specialist; pharmacist; scientific writer; artist

High School Preparation

Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; Computer Science; Physics.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in chemistry will oftentimes pursue a minor in biology or physics.

Chemistry Minor

Chemistry minors will explore a variety of topics ranging from the chemical basis for life to environmental issues caused by chemicals. The chemistry minor is often an attractive option for biology majors because they already satisfy many of the requirements of the minor for their biology major.

Degree Requirements

Chemistry Major, B.A.

A. All of the following:

Students may take M148 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 1) and M149 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 2) or M151 Calculus I

  • C131 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C133 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C142 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • C144 General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C321 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C322 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C323 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C331 Physical Chemistry I with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C341 Quantitative Chemical Analysis with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C443 Chemistry Seminar (1 credit)
  • C445 Chemistry Research: Planning (1 credit)
  • C446 Chemistry Research: Experience (1 credit)
  • C447 Chemistry Research: Thesis (1 credit)
  • M148 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 1) (4 credits)
  • M149 Calculus I with Precalculus (part 2) (4 credits)
  • M151 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • M152 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • P201 Introductory Physics I (3 credits)
  • P202 Introductory Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • P211 Introductory Physics II (3 credits)
  • P212 Introductory Physics II Laboratory (1 credit)

B. All of the following:

  • C332 Physical Chemistry II with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C451 Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory (4 credits)

C. Either two additional:

  • Either two additional 400-level chemistry electives or and one additional 400-level chemistry elective (a total of 6–8 credits).

Chemistry Minor

A. All of the following:

  • C131 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C133 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C142 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • C144 General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • C321 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • C322 Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C323 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • M151 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • P201 Introductory Physics I (3 credits)
  • P202 Introductory Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)

B. One additional course from the following list:

  • C331 Physical Chemistry I with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C332 Physical Chemistry II with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • C341 Quantitative Chemical Analysis with Laboratory (4 credits)

Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to making college accessible and affordable.

We strive to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while delivering an excellent private education. Approximately 99 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

2019-20 Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition*: $36,050
  • Room**: $5,230
  • Board: $4,120
  • Activity fee: $170
  • Technology fee: $370
  • Laundry fee: $80

* Additional tuition for 3+2 PA Program $3,550

** Additional fee for the following residences:

  • Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
  • Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
  • Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600

Additional Fees (if applicable)

  • Per credit instruction $1,200
  • Per credit audit $600
  • Foreign study fee:
    • London $1,420
    • All others $650
  • Commencement fee $190 (2019-2020 graduates)
  • Late registration (per class) $50 (after add/drop period)
  • N.S.F./Returned check or A.C.H. $20

Deposit

New students who have been admitted are asked to confirm their attendance by sending a $300 non-refundable deposit to the university. Returning students must pay a $250 housing deposit prior to housing registration. This deposit is credited to the student's account.

Fall 2019 Application Timelines

Rolling Admission

If you've missed the January 15th deadline, don't worry! You can still apply, thanks to our rolling admission policy. There are lots of scholarships and financial awards available for first-time freshmen at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Students who submit and complete their admission file after January 16, will be reviewed and receive an admission decision 1-2 weeks after submitting their admission file.

Early Action I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: October 15
  • Decisions Announced: November 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Early Action II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: November 15
  • Decisions Announced: December 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: December 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision I

  • Application and Materials Deadline: December 15
  • Decisions Announced: January 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: January 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Regular Decision II

  • Application and Materials Deadline: January 15
  • Decisions Announced: February 1
  • Financial Aid Awards Mailed: February 15
  • Deposit Deadline: May 1

Program taught in:
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