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Life doesn’t get much more elemental than the atom. Understanding how one atom interacts with another has implications in human health, industrial innovation and even national economies.

In other words, chemistry can improve lives, grow businesses and change the world.

The curriculum will prepare you to work in industry or education. For 75 percent of St. Norbert College chemistry majors, the degree provides a first step toward an advanced degree in medicine, pharmacy, engineering or veterinary science.

Your Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Norbert College adheres to American Chemical Society Division on Education standards. Your coursework will cover:
  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical and inorganic chemistry
You may also pursue a chemistry minor oriented to either teaching or graduate work.

A Chemistry Degree at Work
A rigorous, lab-intensive chemistry curriculum teaches more than the forces that make or break molecules. It will sharpen your powers of observation, foster collaboration and exploration, and cultivate the curiosity that leads to discovery.

These skills are as attractive to graduate-level admissions professionals as they are to Fortune 500 companies. As a bachelor’s-level chemist, you’re prepared for graduate study in virtually any professional field or a variety of careers:
  • Industrial research scientist
  • Chemical salesperson
  • Production chemist
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Food scientist
  • Art preservationist
  • Forensic chemist
  • High school chemistry teacher
Activate Your Chemistry Degree
We provide an abundance of collaborative research opportunities in chemistry – many supported by national grants.

As an undergraduate chemistry major, you can also apply to serve as a chemistry professor’s lab assistant in a 10-week summer research program.

A number of scholarships support undergraduate chemistry education based on both need and merit.

Chemistry majors also may opt to study abroad. Programs on several continents both meet course requirements and expose you to another culture – an experience prospective employers value.

Alumni Perspective

Katie Flesch ’17 is in her third year of pharmacy school at UW-Madison.

Many of the chemistry labs I completed in my first year of pharmacy school paralleled labs I had already completed in upper level chemistry courses at SNC. I found that this experience put me ahead of many other students in my PharmD classes, and made me more comfortable in the lab setting.

The opportunities to conduct and present research at a small school like SNC were also a huge benefit when it came to understanding the research process and how to formally give presentations. Because of the opportunities to be involved in multiple research labs at SNC, I had already done oral presentations, professional writing and poster presentations on research prior to starting pharmacy school.

I also found that my foundational knowledge of biology and chemistry was more than enough to be prepared for success in the first-year biochemistry and pharmaceutical drug delivery courses. Given the opportunity to start over, I would absolutely choose SNC as my pre-pharmacy program.

Alumni Perspective

Ian Klein ’10 is included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his groundbreaking work turning wood into high-value chemicals and fuels.

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Alumni Perspective

This chemistry major picked up an MBA well into his 70s and continues to stay abreast of developments in his industry. Vince Zehren ’48 truly deserves the title, lifelong learner.

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