Chemistry, as a physical science, contributes to the student’s vision of the universe and to an understanding of scientific truth. Students in the chemistry program will study chemistry as both a subject and a process. As a subject, chemistry deals with the properties of the different elements that constitute matter as we experience it, the forces that hold matter together and the energy changes associated with changes in matter. It attempts to explain how the atomic arrangements result in macroscopic properties of matter. As a process, chemistry is concerned with the tools and techniques of investigating matter, the interpretation of the results of these investigations and the various models used to explain the experimental results. Undergraduate research in chemistry is offered as a primary means of enhancing students’ education.
Students majoring in chemistry will have the scientific knowledge necessary for functioning effectively in the modern world, will experience an education balanced between theory and practice that will prepare them for graduate study and will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment.
Biochemistry is a field where biological questions are addressed through the use of chemistry-based approaches. The biochemistry major reflects the chemical theories and approaches that are central to increasing our understanding of biological phenomena. The field of biochemistry is becoming a very complex and wide ranging discipline concomitant with advances in both biology and chemistry. Students will be exposed to the breadth of biochemistry through their courses and research experiences. Biochemistry is a program housed in the chemistry department with supporting courses from biology.
This program is designed to give students a strong chemistry and biology background in both the theory and practice of biochemistry. Students from this program will be ready for graduate school, professional school or employment.
Admission to courses beyond CHEM 1341 requires the successful (C or better) completion of their prerequisites at the University of St. Thomas or their equivalents at another appropriately accredited institution. The decision on the adequacy of an equivalent rests with the department chair.