Chemistry

Chemistry, the study of structures and properties of matter, plays an important role in both physical and biological sciences and holds a crucial position in our technologically advanced society.


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The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree program at Stritch is designed to provide a well-rounded liberal arts education with an insight into the significance of chemistry in everyday life and the importance of the quality of our environment. Students in this program will be provided with a sound background in the basic fundamentals and techniques of chemistry, and will be prepared to pursue careers in research, teaching, business, industry, medicine, or pharmacy. Since chemistry is interconnected with physics, biology, and mathematics, students are also required to take courses in these three areas. The chemistry major focuses on general, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, as well as biochemistry.

The mission of the Chemistry program (major, minor, and Environmental Chemistry minor) is to prepare students to pursue careers in research, teaching, industry or health care by providing an education in the fundamental concepts, knowledge and laboratory/field techniques and skills of the physical sciences. The faculty of the Department of Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing students an academically challenging and technically innovative curriculum that helps foster a spirit of investigation and analytical thought, and an appreciation for the earth and all living things in accordance with the Franciscan tradition.

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Program Format

The Chemistry program (major, minor, and Environmental Chemistry minor) prepares students in the following areas:

  • Content: Students will have a broad background in the fundamental concepts of their specific discipline.
  • Technical proficiencies: Students will develop knowledge and experiences in the basic methods, instrumentation and quantitative analytical skills used to conduct scientific research.
  • Communication: Students will be able to communicate with professional and lay audiences about their specific discipline. This includes the ability to coherently communicate in both oral and written form using discipline-specific formats as appropriate for professional audiences.
  • Critical thinking: Students will demonstrate a foundation in the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and critical analysis of data. Students will be able to interpret research reports and journal articles and to analyze and draw conclusions from data. They will have the ability to design a useful, workable experiment to address a discipline-specific question.

Students who are interested in pursuing degrees in professional schools and colleges, such as medical, veterinary, pharmacy, etc., will often major in biology. Stritch also offers a three-year pre-professional certificate program that satisfies the academic entrance requirements for most of these schools.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains  credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish  articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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