Chemistry


Whether you want to be a chemist, forensic scientist, or work in a research lab, we can prepare you to investigate and impact the world through the skills of natural science.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Caring, Accessible Faculty
  • Research Now, Not Later
  • Quality Learning Opportunities

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At St. Ambrose, we focus on you and your education. Our chemistry majors work shoulder-to-shoulder with chemistry faculty on student research projects, use state-of-the-art equipment, and explore career options through internships and community outreach. We prepare you for graduate school or a job by teaching you to think critically, methodically, and creatively.

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More Information About the Chemistry Program

What will I learn?

Foundation courses cover the principals of chemistry and laboratory safety in-depth.

In later courses you will explore various levels of organic chemistry and labs, quantitative analysis, physical and environmental chemistry, and all students have the opportunity to create or participate in research.


How can I extend my learning?

Our Chemistry majors have so many ways to advance their education and get involved.

You can work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty in the lab on research projects – yours or theirs. Sign up for the St. Ambrose Undergraduate Summer Research Institute or pursue a research project of your own.

The College of Arts and Sciences holds a spring Undergraduate Scholars Conference, and in the fall the American Chemical Society's local chapter holds an Undergraduate Research Conference. Both allow you to share your work with peers.

If that's not enough, work as a tutor or laboratory assistant in the department or become immersed in an internship. We've had students intern at QCAnalytical Services, Valspar, hospitals, and crime labs.

You also get opportunities to inspire the next generation of chemists. Our students assist faculty with a summer science camp for elementary students and an afternoon of hands-on activities and chemical demonstrations during National Chemistry Week. As a member of the American Chemical Society student chapter, you can advance your knowledge and share what you know, too. Members participate in community volunteer projects and educational outreach.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Andrew Friederich (BA) graduated in 2014 with a pre-med concentration and attends the University of Iowa Medical School.
  • Kialee Bowles (BA) also graduated in 2014 and went on to earn a master's degree in forensics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is now a forensic toxicologist for the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Anthony Dinh (BA) earned his Chemistry degree in 2015 and works at Integrative DNA Technologies in Iowa City.
  • Brianna Simpson (BS), a 2013 graduate, works at Texas Public Health and Safety in Forensic Analysis.
What are some possible job outcomes?

A chemistry degree from St. Ambrose gives you a variety of career opportunities, including industrial research and development, quality control, forensic science, agriculture, environmental studies, or teaching high school chemistry.

The degree can be a stepping-stone to graduate work in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and areas such as medicine, pharmacy and other occupations in the health sciences.St. Ambrose chemistry graduates are successful in finding jobs. In a recent chemistry alumni survey, 98% of respondents said they are employed in a chemistry-related profession. They are working for companies such as Exelon Corporation, Integrated DNA Technologies, and Texas State Forensics Lab. All stated their undergraduate chemistry education prepared them well for their future, and they were happy they attended St. Ambrose.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry

We have several options for either a BA or BS degree in Chemistry, including a teaching degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (32 credits)

Required:
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 110 Laboratory Safety
CHEM 150 Career Exploration in Chemistry
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 301 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis
CHEM 303 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 313 or CHEM 314 (labs)
CHEM 350 Introduction to Chemical Literature and Writing
+MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Choose either:
PHYS 251 and 253 OR PHYS 203 and 204

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a Concentration

In addition to courses required for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry major, students who want to add a concentration must take the following courses:

Pre-Med Concentration

CHEM 319 General Biochemistry
CHEM 320 Biochemistry Laboratory
+BIOL 199 General Biology I: Foundations of Living Systems
BIOL 200 General Biology II: Foundations of Living Systems
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 204 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 303 Genetics

Students are encouraged to tailor their studies to admission requirements of medical schools in which they are interested by taking other science and mathematics courses as electives.

Forensics Concentration

BIOL 106 Human Genetics
BIOL 120 Forensic Biology
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology
+CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 342 Criminal Evidence and Investigation
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice
CRJU 420 Applied Forensics Theory

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Teaching Major in Chemistry (47 credits)

Required:
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 110 Laboratory Safety
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 301 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis
CHEM 303 Instrumental Analysis or CHEM 333 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 313 or CHEM 314
WI-CHEM 350 Introduction to Chemical Literature and Writing
MATH 191 and 192

Choose either:
PHYS 203 and PHYS 204
OR
PHYS 251 and PHYS 253

Education courses required for a teaching major are found in the Secondary Education section.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry (45-46 credits)

Required:
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 110 Laboratory Safety
CHEM 150 Career Exploration in Chemistry
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 301 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis
CHEM 303 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 313 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 321 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 350 Introduction to Chemical Literature and Writing
PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics
PHYS 253 General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
+MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

One elective from:
CHEM 319 General Biochemistry and CHEM 320 Biochemistry Laboratory
OR
CHEM 333 Environmental Chemistry

Choose either:
CHEM 428 Chemical Research I and CHEM 429 Chemical Research II
OR
CHEM 440 Chemistry InternshipRecommended courses: MATH 290 or 291

Minors in Chemistry

Teaching (25 credits)
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 110 Laboratory Safety
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 301 Quantitative Inorganic Analysis
CHEM 303 Instrumental Analysis or CHEM 333 Environmental Chemistry

Non-Teaching (19 credits)
†CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Choose 7 credits:
CHEM 110 or other chemistry courses at the 200-level or above.

Plans to Graduate

Click here to read the Plan to Graduate for BA in Chemistry and BA in Chemistry with a Pre-Med Focus.

BS in Chemistry

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a BS degree in Chemistry. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 105 4 CHEM 106 4 MATH 171
MATH 171 3 CHEM 110 & 150 2 CHEM 105
NSS 101 1 KIN 149 1
IL 101 1 MATH 191 4 MATH 171
ENGL 101 3 COMM 129/132/203/228/329 3
Social Science Elective 3 PHIL Elective 100-200 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 17

Year Two

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 207/209 4 CHEM 106 CHEM 208/210 4 CHEM 207
MATH 192 4 MATH 191 PHYS 253L 4 PHYS 203/251
PHYS 251/L 4 MATH 191 THEO Elective 100-200 3
Humanities Elective 3 Elective 3
KIN Elective 1-2
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15-16

Year Three

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 313L 4 MATH 192 CHEM 303 (Instrumental) 4 CHEM 301
CHEM 301 (Quant) 4 CHEM 207 CHEM 319/320L 4 Various
Foreign Language 101 3 CHEM 350 (Chem Lit)# 2 CHEM 301
ENGL 101
Elective - WI# 3 Creative Arts Elective 2
Humanities Elective 3 Foreign Language 102 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 314/L 4 MATH 192 CHEM 321/L 4 CHEM 314
THEO/PHIL Elective (300 level) 3 CHEM 429 1 CHEM 428
CHEM 428 1 CHEM 333 4 CHEM 303
Electives 6 Electives 6
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15

* Must take one of these three courses
^ Do not have to take both of these courses
300 Level Credits: 21 Credits from requirements and need 9 more
# Must be taken at SAU

BA in Chemistry

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a BA degree in Chemistry. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 105 4 CHEM 106 4 MATH 171
MATH 171 3 CHEM 110 & 150 2 CHEM 105
NSS 101 1 KIN 149 1
IL 101 1 MATH 191 4 MATH 171
ENGL 101 3 COMM 129/132/203/228/329 3
Social Science Elective 3 PHIL Elective 100-200 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 17

Year Two

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 207/209 4 CHEM 106 CHEM 208/210 4 CHEM 207
MATH 192 4 MATH 191 PHYS 203/L or 251/L 4 PHYS 203/251
PHYS 203/L or 251/L 4 MATH 171 THEO Elective 100-200 3
Humanities Elective 3 Elective 3
KIN Elective 1-2
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15-16

Year Three

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 313/L or 314/L^ 4 MATH 192 CHEM 303 (Instrumental) 4 CHEM 301
CHEM 301 (Quant) 4 CHEM 207 CHEM 319/L,321/L,333/L* 4 Various
Foreign Language 101 3 CHEM 350 (Chem Lit)# 2 CHEM 301
Elective - WI# 3 Creative Arts Elective 2
Humanities Elective 3 Foreign Language 102 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 313/L or 314/L^ 4 MATH 192 CHEM 319/L,321/L,333/L* 4 Various
THEO/PHIL Elective (300 level) 3 2 Electives, 300 level 6
Elective (300 level) 3 Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 13 Total Credits 13

* Must take one of these three courses
^ Do not have to take both of these courses
300 Level Credits: 21 Credits from requirements and need 9 more
# Must be taken at SAU

BA in Chemistry with a Pre-Med Focus

This is the suggested plan of study for students to graduate in four years with a Chemistry degree (BA) with a pre-med focus. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 105 4 CHEM 106 4 MATH 171
MATH 171 3 CHEM 110 & 150 2 CHEM 105
NSS 101 1 KIN 149 1
IL 101 1 MATH 191 4 MATH 171
ENGL 101 3 COMM 129/132/203/228/329 3
BIOL 199/L 4 BIOL 200/L 4 BIOL 199
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 18

Year Two

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
CHEM 207/209 4 CHEM 106 CHEM 208/210 4 CHEM 207
MATH 192 4 MATH 191 PHYS 203/L OR 251/L 4 PHYS 203/251
PHYS 203/L 251/L 4 MATH 191 THEO Elective 100-200 3
BIOL 230/L 4 BIOL 199 BIOL 232/L 3 BIOL 230
PHIL 100-200 Elective 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 18

Year Three

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCreditPre-req
BIOL 303/L 4 BIOL 200 CHEM 303 (Instrumental) 4 CHEM 301
CHEM 301 (Quant) 4 CHEM 207 CHEM 319/320L 4 Various
Foreign Language 101 3 WI-CHEM 350 (Chem Lit)# 2 CHEM 301
Elective - WI# 3 ENGL 101 BIOL 301/L 4 BIOL 200
Humanities Elective 3 Foreign Language 102 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 17

Year Four

FallCreditPre-reqSpringCredit
CHEM 313/L OR 314/L* 4 MATH 192 Creative Arts elective 2
THEO/PHIL Elective (300 level) 3 Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3 Electives 6
Elective 300-level 3 Elective 300-level 3
KIN Elective 1-2
Total Credits 14-15 Total Credits 14

* Must take one of these two courses
^ Do not have to take both of these courses
300 Level Credits: 21 Credits from requirements and need 9 more
WI=writing intensive
# Must be taken at SAU


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Chemistry Department
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Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6370
GiddensKellyM@sau.edu

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