The Chemistry Department, with the financial help of the National Science Foundation, is implementing a  chemistry curriculum that will prepare students to learn and practice science in a modern world in which disciplinary boundaries are removed and collaboration and integration of disciplines is essential. Here are some of the innovative features of our curriculum, which has received approval from graduate, medical, DO and PT schools:

  • An introductory, “atoms first” course which shows how chemical properties emerge from structure
  • Integration of the five subdisciplines of chemistry into a series of innovative foundation courses
  • A new model for a skills and techiques-based chemistry labs with use of advanced instrumentation
  • A problem-based learning pedagogy
  • Expanded student choice of concentrations and in-depth courses

Chemistry Major with Concentration

We offer one concentration in chemistry so that students can focus in areas of modern chemistry. One of the most compelling reasons to offer this concentration is to provide students with a modern but flexible curriculum that maximizes choice.

ACS Certification

The American Chemical Society also provide a certification for students who complete a bachelor’s degree meeting the ACS guidelines. An ACS-certified degree signifies that a student has completed an integrated, rigorous program including introductory and foundational course work in chemistry and in-depth course work in chemistry or chemistry-related fields. The certified degree also emphasizes laboratory experience and the development of professional skills needed to be an effective chemist.

Chemistry Minor Requirements

The minor is recommended for those students whose major interests are in other academic areas, which can be strengthened by a concentration in chemistry.

Required courses:
  • CHEM 125
  • three of the foundation labs CHEM 201, 202, 203 and 205
  • 20 credits from chemistry courses numbered 250 or higher

Total in minor: 24-28 credits

Some recent publications about our curriculum:
  • Chemical Structure and Properties: A Modified Atoms-First, One-Semester Introductory Chemistry Course - Journal Chemical Education, 2015, 92 (2), pp 237–246 (DOI: 10.1021/ed400839y)
  • Developing and Implementing a Reorganized Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum Based on the Foundational Chemistry Topics of Structure, Reactivity, and Quantitation. Journal Chemical Education, 2014, 91 (3), pp 321–328 (DOI: 10.1021/ed400336d)
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Alicia Peterson
Chair, Chemistry Department
CSB Ardolf Science Center 123 and 246