Everything matters: Chemistry, the study of how matter changes, is often called the “central science.” It connects to fields such as genetics, medicine, forensics, nanotechnology, drug discovery, the environment and even computer hardware.
Why Choose Chemistry at SU?
You are sure to find your element in the chemistry program at SU. SU offers a number of advantages to students in chemistry classes, including:
- Outstanding faculty always on hand. The chemistry faculty at SU maintain an open-door policy to make themselves available outside of class to help you with the course material. Many of the faculty hold review sessions, problem sessions and homework sessions in addition to their office hours. In addition, the upper-level chemistry classes tend to be small, which permits one-on-one interaction between students and faculty.
- An engaging community. Faculty tend to know chemistry students by sight and name. They also interact with SU’s chemistry club, The Chem Society. With some faculty in attendance, members of this club go bowling, have end-of-the-semester picnics and weekly Friday barbecues. In addition, students assist faculty with demonstration shows and other presentations. Members also have fun while conducting fundraisers.
- The latest technology. It is the department’s philosophy to provide access to as much current chemistry instrumentation as possible.
At least 15 hours of coursework must consist of courses that are not used to satisfy General Education requirements, and at least nine of these hours must be credits earned at SU. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor.
Students must complete the following core courses:
- CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 121 General Chemistry II
- CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
- CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
Students must also choose at least three credit hours in chemistry from the 300 or 400 level.
For a more in-depth experience, SU also offers a chemistry major with eight tracks including biochemistry and pharmacy.