Chemical Science Major (BS)

Program Features

Xavier's Chemical Science program is a minimum 120-hour degree program that focuses on relaying knowledge of basic chemical principles in connection with a career in the business world (like sales, marketing or secondary education). A degree in Chemical Science is primarily associated with those who want to study chemistry paired with a liberal arts education. 

Students are equipped with knowledge of basic chemical principles and experience in careful observation, controlled experimentation and thoughtful analysis of scientific data.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Chemical Science Major (BS) major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry Lab I............ 1cr.
  • MATH 120 Elementary Functions............ 3cr.
  • SECOND LANGUAGE 102............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101/115 English Composition/Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 163 General Chemistry Lab II............ 1cr.
  • MATH 140 Concepts of Calculus............ 3cr.
  • SECOND LANGUAGE 201............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 180 Intro to Chemical Enterprise............ 1cr.

Fall

  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry Lab I............ 1cr.
  • PHIL 100 Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL SCI ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 160 College Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 161 Introductory Physics Lab I............ 1cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry Lab II............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 227 Quantitative Analysis Lab............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 162 College Physics II............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 163 Introductory Physics Lab II............ 1cr.
  • ENGL 205 Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Fall

  • CHEM 340 Instrumental Analysis............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 220 Principles of Physical Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • HISTORY PERSPECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 290 Theory of Knowledge............ 3cr.
  • THEO 2XX Theology Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis Lab............ 1cr.
  • HUMANITIES ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • E/RS ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • Free Electives............ 6cr.

Fall

  • Chemistry 400: Research............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Electives............ 12cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 400 Research............ 1cr.
  • Free Electives............ 13cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Chemical Science major at Xavier:

Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 226) - An introductory course in analytical chemistry covering gravimetric and titrimetric methods of analysis. Statistical analysis of data is performed.

Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 240) - This course is the first in a two semester sequence of organic chemistry. This is a pre-professional course approved by the American Chemical Society for chemistry majors and required of many other science majors. This course examines the basic structure, properties, preparation and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds.

Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 340) - Discussion of modern analytical chemistry with emphasis on instrumentation and measurement techniques.

Clubs

Alchemyst Club

The Alchemyst Club was established to inform and educate the Xavier community about the merits of science, especially chemistry and to lend support to the Xavier chemistry community. The club's purpose is to facilitate the propagation of chemical knowledge and to assist in making the chemistry major a viable option.

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Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier's College of Arts and Science programs, including Chemical Science, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Professional Opportunities for Chemical Science Majors

Students in the chemical science major with chemistry goggles on

Xavier is located in the middle of Cincinnati’s vibrant business community, which includes multiple Fortune 500 companies and world-class hospitals. Here, practical internship experience can lead to local and national employment for students in the Chemistry department.


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Opportunities to Research with Faculty

Professor in the chemical science program teaching a class

All students in Xavier's Chemistry programs are required to perform research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students are expected to meet regularly with their faculty mentor, to write an abstract and to deliver an oral presentation. Each student is required to write a final thesis on their project. Many students go on to present at national conferences.


Research in the Chemistry Department

Chemical Science Program Lab Facilities

Laboratory at Xavier University

Students have access to campus labs that include equipment like a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer, infra-red spectrometers, gas chromatographs, a multichannel analyzer, a high performance liquid chromatograph and more.


Chemistry Equipment

Chemical Science Major (BS) Major at Xavier University

The Chemical Science program at Xavier University is a minimum 120-hour degree program that focuses on, among other things, relaying knowledge in connection with a career in the business world, e.g., in sales or marketing, or in secondary education. The course requirements in chemistry and mathematics are less than those of the B.S. in Chemistry program.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."