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Chemistry major and minor at Mount St. Mary's University

Chemistry

Chemistry

Discoveries and improvements in chemistry can reshape and improve the lives of countless people. Chemists work each day to make sure drinking water is clean, pharmaceutical drugs are made safer and more effective, and the possibility of a chemical disaster is kept to a minimum.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

The chemistry program is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

While working toward a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Mount, you’ll learn about organic chemistry and carbon-containing molecule compound chemistry, inorganic chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, gases and thermochemistry. You’ll also study physical chemistry as it relates to quantum and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics. Additionally, introductory biochemistry and analytical chemistry, including analyzing inorganic elements and organic compounds in environmental, forensic and industrial applications will also be covered.

You’ll gain lab experience, developing techniques that will improve your research skills, enhancing your application to graduate school or providing a skill set for a career in industry.

With a chemistry degree from the Mount, you’ll have the education and experience necessary to pursue a career as a materials scientist developing prosthetics to aid patient mobility, an environmental chemist for a federal government agency, or a chemical engineer working to improve pesticides.

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Sarah Bonson Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2017

Performing hands-on research with faculty mentors helped me to gain problem-solving skills and proper scientific technique, as well as writing and presentation skills. I've also grown in my faith and to perform scientific research ethically.

Sarah Bonson, C'17 Pursuing doctorate in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Where chemistry majors go.

Mount St. Mary’s students with a degree in chemistry have an opportunity to attend a specialized STEM career fair each year, and have gone on to work for organizations such as:

  • NIH
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Northrop Grumman
  • BioReliance

 

Mount grads also pursue graduate degrees at such institutions as: 

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Georgetown University
  • Colorado St. University
  • University of Illinois
  • Urbana-Champaign

 

And have been awarded:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award
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About the minor.

The Mount’s chemistry minor can be a great complement to many majors. Pair the minor with a political science major and work with government agencies to shape regulatory policy, a biology degree to pursue a career as a cell biologist for a research lab, or a communication major and keep the public informed about how your company is making a safer product.