Chemistry Programs

Chemistry Major

Chemistry is the science dealing with the composition and structure of substances and the transformations of these substances into new substances. The chemist attempts to identify naturally occurring compounds and also prepares and analyzes new materials which may form the basis of products useful to mankind.

Xavier's chemistry majors, upon graduation, are equipped with knowledge of basic chemical principles and experience in careful observation, controlled experimentation and thoughtful analysis of scientific data. The department is very cognizant of the need to provide its students with the training necessary for advanced study in chemistry, for a career in chemical industry, or for one of the professional fields.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in chemistry degree enables students to enter into a master's or doctoral program or immediate industrial employment requiring an extensive background in chemistry. This program is approved by the American Chemical Society, enabling students to graduate as certified chemistry majors.

To complete the B.S. degree in chemistry, 47 semester hours of analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, including an original investigation of a chemical problem beginning the junior year, are required. Students have many opportunities to present the results of their research to the department, to the university and at professional meetings. The program also includes 12 semester hours in mathematics and eight semester hours in physics.

The graduate who has completed the B.S. in chemistry will possess the necessary background for medical or dental school if the one-year course in General Biology has also been taken.

A liberal arts core curriculum consisting of courses in foreign language, history, fine arts, literature, philosophy, social science and theology is also required to strengthen and broaden the background of all Xavier students.

A minor in chemistry is earned by completing 19 credit hours of required chemistry courses. Students should contact the program director concerning specific requirements for the minor.

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 160
General Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 162                          General Chemistry II 3
CHEMISTRY 161
General Chemistry I  Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 163
General Chemistry II  Lab
1
MATH 170
Calculus I
4 MATH 171
Calculus II
4
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3
ENGLISH 101 or 115
English Composition or Rhetoric
3 PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro. to Philosophy
3
Total 14 Total 14

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 240
Organic Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 242
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEMISTRY 241
Organic Chemistry I  Lab
1 CHEMISTRY 243
Organic Chemistry II  Lab
1
MATH 220
Calculus III
4 PHYSICS 172
University Physics II
3
PHYSICS 170
University Physics I
3 PHYSICS 163
Introductory Physics Lab II
1
PHYSICS 161
Introductory Physics Lab I
1 PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3 CHEMISTRY 226
Quantitative Analysis
3
CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Elective
1 CHEMISTRY 227
Quantitative Analysis Lab
1
Total 16 Total 15

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 320
Physical Chemistry I
3 CHEMISTRY 322
Physical Chemistry II
2
ENGLISH
Literature elective
3 CHEMISTRY 341
Instrumental Analysis Lab
2
CHEMISTRY 340
Instrumental Analysis
3 CHEMISTRY 325
Physical Chemistry Lab
2
THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3 PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3
CHEMISTRY 300
Chemical Literature
1 CHEMISTRY 400
Chemical Research / Seminar
1
HISTORY I 3 HISTORY II 3
    ENGLISH 205
Literature and the Moral Imagination
3
Total 16 Total 16

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEMISTRY 411
Organic Synthesis/ Analysis
3 CHEMISTRY 400
Chemical Research/Seminar
1
CHEMISTRY 420
Inorganic Chemistry
3 CHEMISTRY 421
Inorganic Chemistry Lab
1
CHEMISTRY 440
Biochemistry
3 THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
4
CHEMISTRY 400
Chemical Research/Seminar
1 SOCIAL SCIENCE                         Elective 3
E/R&S FOCUS
Elective
3 FINE ARTS
Elective
3
SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective
3 GENERAL
Elective
1
Total 16 Total 12