CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry
O’Shaughnessy Science Hall (OSS) 402, (651) 962-5575
Borgerding (chair), Donato, Fink, Fort, Guino-o, Ippoliti, Layfield, Mabbott, Marcus, Marsh, Ojala, Prevette, Uzcategui, Wammer

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/chemistry/

The Department of Chemistry offers two degree programs in the field of chemistry: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the professional training of chemists, and the B.S. degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. The B.S. has either a chemistry or a biochemistry concentration option. This degree is recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in chemistry in preparation for college teaching or advanced research in academic, industrial or government laboratories. The B.S. degree is also an advantage to those students who choose to work as a professional chemist in industry immediately following graduation.

The B.A. degree requires fewer chemistry courses and offers the possibility of completing a double major if students have a strong interest in another field. Both degrees offer some latitude in the selection of upper level courses, thus providing the student with flexibility to pursue an interest in a particular area of chemistry. Students graduating with either the B.S. or the B.A. may also qualify for departmental honors.

Students graduating with a major in chemistry will have the necessary knowledge to prepare them for a career in chemistry or for graduate school, and the confidence and skill to succeed. They will have the ability to read, comprehend, write, and speak with clarity and understanding in technical areas. They will constantly apply critical thinking to their readings in the technical literature. They will have developed good laboratory skills and be familiar with modern instrumentation and with the use of computers in technical fields. They will have developed the skills necessary to analyze their data and to draw conclusions from it.

Chemistry is an excellent major for students interested in chemistry, biochemistry, food science, forensic science, medicine, medicinal chemistry, dentistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy, patent law, polymer science, chemical engineering, environmental science, materials science and other interdisciplinary fields. The major is also suited to students with a complementary interest in other sciences, or in computers, education, economics or business.

Students interested in teacher licensure should consider the various combinations of science education in the Department of Teacher Education in this catalog.

The Departments of Chemistry and Biology jointly offer a B.S. degree in biochemistry. The curriculum for this degree may be found under “Biochemistry” in this catalog.

All graduating senior majors are required to take an achievement test for purposes of assessment of the major and College accreditation.

In order to receive a degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, transfer students must complete a minimum of sixteen credits in chemistry at the university in addition to the two-credit seminar sequence.

The department offers a number of courses for non-majors to fulfill the laboratory science component of the core curriculum. 

Graduation with Honors in Chemistry

Students graduating with a B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry may also qualify for departmental honors. Students interested in this designation must consult with the department chair one year (or more) prior to their graduation date. Requirements include:

  1. a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a major field GPA of 3.50;
  2. completion of four credits in research (CHEM 491); (participation in one summer of research in chemistry at St. Thomas may be applied in place of two credits; research must be completed at least one semester before graduation);
  3. preparation of a written thesis in the format of the primary literature;
  4. successful defense of the thesis before a panel composed of:
    • thesis director (chair of committee)
    • two additional UST chemistry faculty
    • one UST faculty member outside the chemistry department
    • one faculty member from another institution selected in consultation with the thesis adviser (while off-campus examiners are typically chemists, committee members from other disciplines such as biochemistry and physics may be employed when appropriate).
  5. presentation of research at an off-campus meeting such as the Minnesota Section ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium, Minnesota Academy of Sciences, NCUR, regional ACS meeting, or national ACS meeting.
  6. All requirements must be completed by April 20 for spring commencement, or early enough to allow for notification of the registrar and academic dean when graduating in another term.

Major in Chemistry (B.S.) (ACS-certified)

 Chemistry (B.S.) - Major Field Guide

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Note: CHEM 332 is a prerequisite for CHEM 400
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 481-484 Student Seminar Sequence (2 credits total) 

Plus four credits from:

  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 298 Topics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 391, 392 Research (1 credit each)
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)*
  • CHEM 487, 488 Topics (2 credits each)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)

*required for a B.S. in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration, plus a research project in biochemistry

Plus:

  • A research requirement that can be satisfied by taking CHEM 491 Research (2 or 4 credits) in the list above or by completing a summer research project approved by the department.

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) (or equivalent)
  • MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 111 Introduction to Classical Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Introduction to Classical Physics II (4 credits) 

Strongly recommended:

  • MATH - additional courses numbered 200 or above (MATH 200 and 240 are highly recommended).

Course Sequence

All chemistry majors are advised to take General Chemistry (CHEM 111-112 or CHEM 115) and MATH 113-114 (Calculus) during the freshman year, then CHEM 201-202 and PHYS 111-112 (Introductory Physics) during the sophomore year. (Note that PHYS 109-110 is not acceptable for the chemistry major). Other sequences of math and physics are much less desirable. If necessary, MATH 113 can be started in the second semester of freshman year; then MATH 114 can be taken concurrently with PHYS 111 during first semester sophomore year. 

MAJOR IN BIOCHEMISTRY (B.S.)

See Biochemistry

Major in Chemistry (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.A.) - Major Field Guide

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 481-484 Seminar (2 credits total) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)

Plus at least eight credits in courses chosen from the following list:

  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 391, 392 Research (1 credit)
  • CHEM 400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
    Note: CHEM 332 is a prerequisite for CHEM 400
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 487, 488 Topics (2 credits each)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)
    Note: Only 4 credits of research may be applied to the degree.

Allied requirements

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) and MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)*
  • PHYS 111 Introductory Physics I (4 credits) and PHYS 112 Introductory Physics II (4 credits)

*Students not placing into MATH 113 must take MATH 108, 109 and 114 in order to satisfy the overall calculus requirement.

Note: Math and physics requirements are specified above. MATH 200 and 240 are highly recommended. 

Teacher Licensure

  • Elementary Education with a Co-major in Science and Mathematics for Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education with a Specialty in Science (5-8)
  • Co-major in Science (5-8) – Chemistry (9-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry shall consist of 24 credits in chemistry courses. A minimum of 8 credits in chemistry must be successfully completed at St. Thomas to earn a minor in the field.

  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)

or

  • CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus:

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)

Plus sufficient credits from the following to yield a total of 24:

Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites beyond the core, or require permission of the instructor.

  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 250 Organometallic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 295 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 296 Topics (2 credits)
  • CHEM 298 Topics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Organic Spectroscopy (2 credits)
  • CHEM 420 Bioanalytical and Forensic Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 430 Polymer Chemistry (2 credits)
  • CHEM 440 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 442 Biochemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 487, 488 Topics (2 credits each)
  • CHEM 491 Research (2 credits each)*

*A student may take four credits of research for the minor with the approval of the department chair.

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM  100 Chemistry in Our World 4
CHEM  101 Environmental Chemistry 4
CHEM  109 General Chem for ENGR 4
CHEM  110 Introdcution to Chemistry 1
CHEM  111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM  112 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM  115 Accelerated General Chemistry 4
CHEM  201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM  202 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CHEM  250 Organometallic Chemistry 2
CHEM  269 Research 2 OR 4
CHEM  296 Topics 2
CHEM  297 Topics 4
CHEM  300 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHEM  320 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM  331 Chem Thermodynamics/Reactio 4
CHEM  332 Quantum Chem/Molecular Spec 4
CHEM  340 Organic Spectroscopy 2
CHEM  389 Research 2 OR 4
CHEM  391 Research 1
CHEM  392 Research 1
CHEM  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CHEM  400 Adv Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM  420 Bioanalytical/Forensic Chem 2
CHEM  430 Polymer Chemistry 2
CHEM  440 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM  442 Biochemistry II 4
CHEM  476 Experiential Learning 2
CHEM  481 Student Seminar 1
CHEM  482 Student Seminar 0
CHEM  483 Student Seminar 0
CHEM  484 Student Seminar 1
CHEM  487 Topics 2
CHEM  491 Individual Research 2 OR 4
CHEM  492 Individual Research 2
CHEM  494 Individual Research 4
CHEM  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4