Prospective and Transfer Students

Why should you consider studying Chemistry at CSB/SJU?  Here are a few reasons.

  • We've completely transformed the chemistry curriculum from a traditional one in which courses are separated into distinct subdisciplines to one which integrates learning across the subdisciplines and better reflects how modern chemistry is done.
  • Our new curriculum has received external support in the form of "Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Sciences" grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • We have been leaders in adopting research-supported pedagogy that focuses on student-centered problem-based learning in collaborative teams.
  • You will find our courses to be both novel and challenging as you prepare for the competitive work and study environment you will enter after you graduate.   
  • We have received $1.2 million dollars in NSF grants since 2010 to fund modern instrumentation, the development of our new curriculum, scholarships for under-represented students (FoCuS), and student research. 
  • Our students demonstrate high performance in nationally-normed chemistry exams from the American Chemical Society and Educational Testing Services.
  • We are one of the top thirty liberal arts colleges in the country in terms of baccalaureate origin of Ph.D. graduates in chemistry, a strong indicator of teaching quality
  • Our new curriculum will offer students a choice to obtain a concentration in chemical biology, environmental chemistry, and materials/industrial chemistry
  • Students have a wide range of research opportunities in our department and at outside prestigious reserach centers
  • The Chemistry faculty work in a tireless and collaborative team to provide the opportunities

 Placement into Courses

Since our new curriculum is unique and integrative from the very start, students arriving with AP credit in chemistry do best to start with our single introductory course, CHEM 125, and the first foundation lab, CHEM 201.  Depending on your high school preparation and test scores, you may receive credit for "general" chemistry classes, as described in the table below.

Category

Description

Advanced Placement

Score:  5

  • Credit for both CHEM 123 (4 cr) and CHEM 234  (4 cr). 
  • Both CHEM 123 and 234 do not fulfill course requirements for Chemistry/Biochemistry major.  
  • CHEM 234 may fulfill requirement for Biology majors.
  • Recommended to start in CHEM 125 and CHEM 201

Advanced Placement

Score:   4

  • Credit for CHEM 123 (4 cr). 
  • CHEM 123 does not fulfill course requirements for Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Biology majors.  
  • Recommended to start in CHEM 125 and CHEM 201

IB

higher level exam only

Score: 5 

  • Credit for CHEM123 (4 cr) and fulfills Natural Science Common Curriculum requirement. 
  • CHEM 123 does not fulfill course requirements for Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Biology majors.  
  • Recommended to start in CHEM 125 and CHEM 201

IB

higher level exam only

Score: 6-7

  • Credit for CHEM123 (4 cr) and fulfills Natural Science Common Curriculum requirement.  See chair for possible additional credit
  • 123 (not required for Chem major).  
  • Recommended to start in CHEM 125 and CHEM 201

Transfer Students

1 yr of General Chem

  

  • Credit for both CHEM 123 (4 cr) and CHEM 234  (4 cr). 
  • Both CHEM 123 and 234 do not fulfill course requirements for Chemistry/Biochemistry major.  
  • CHEM 234 may fulfill requirement for Biology majors.
  • Recommended to start in CHEM 125 and CHEM 201

Transfer Students

1 yr General Chem
+
1 or 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry  

  • Credit for both CHEM 123 (4 cr) and CHEM 234  (4 cr). 
  • Both CHEM 123 and 234 do not fulfill course requirements for Chemistry/Biochemistry major.  
  • CHEM 234 may fulfill requirement for Biology majors.
  • See Chemistry Department Chair to determine course selection.  Will be determined on case by case basis.