Undergraduate Program (BS)

Chemistry

You appreciate the fact that without the perfect blend of glucuronolactone and 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, Red Bull just wouldn't be the same. So becoming a chemistry major may be your perfect formula for academic and professional success. And while there will be plenty of experiments along the way, you can be confident of the final results.

Sample Four-Year Chemistry Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I 3
Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab 1
Math 170: Calculus I 4
Foreign Language I 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar 3
Core 101: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II 3
Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab 1
Math 171: Calculus II 4
Theology 111: Theological Foundations 3
Second Language II 3
Core 102 GOA: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 240: Organic Chemistry I 3
Chemistry 241: Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
Math 220: Calculus III 4
Physics 170: University Physics I 3
Physics 161: Introductory Physics Lab I 1
English 101/105: English Composition/Rhetoric 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 242: Organic Chemistry II 3
Chemistry 242: Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Chemistry 226: Quantitative Analysis 3
Chemistry 227: Quantitative Analysis Lab 1
Physics 172: University Physics II 3
Physics 172: University Physyics II Lab 1
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 320: Physical Chemistry I 3
Chemistry 340: Instrumental Analysis 3
Chemistry 300: Intro to Chemical Research 1
English 205: Literature & Moral Imagination 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Social Science Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 322: Physical Chemistry II 3
Chemistry 325: Physical Chemistry II Lab 1
Chemistry 341: Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
Chemistry 330: Quantum Chemistry 2
Chemistry 400: Research 1
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Prospectives 3
Theological Perspectives 3
Creative Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 420: Inorganic Chemistry 3
Chemistry 450: Topics in Organic Chemistry 3
Chemistry 400: Research 1
E/RS Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Chemistry 421: Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
Chemistry 440: Biochemistry 3
Chemistry 400: Research 1
Diversity Curriculum Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Chemistry 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.

Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 330) - An introduction to quantum chemistry and molecular structure.

Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 420) - Modern theories of bonding and structure, spectroscopy, redox chemistry, and reaction mechanisms. Coordination compounds, organometallic clusters, and catalysis.

100% of chemistry majors perform research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

100%

of chemistry majors perform research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Stand Out That's the Xavier Difference

PRESTIGIOUS PROGRAM

Xavier's Department of Chemistry is both nationally ranked and approved by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Check out our 160+ clubs and organizations on campus, like the Alchemyst Club, where you can share your passion for chemistry and take part in activities including tutoring, volunteering and social events.

COMMITTED FACULTY

At Xavier, classes are never taught by teaching assistants. Plus, tutors and peer-led instructors for each lecture are available to make sure you always understand your coursework.

Xavier by the numbers

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LABS ON CAMPUS

98%

SUCCESS RATE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

85%

MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE (COMPARED TO 40% NATIONALLY)

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Careers After Xavier

Graduates go on to work at top companies like

P&G OSHA General Electric FDA Cincinnati Children's Hospital Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals

Medical School Early Acceptance Program

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  • Get Accepted: Xavier has partnered with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer early acceptance to the college, so qualified students can get a head start in their career in medicine.
  • Waive the MCAT: This is a great benefit. If you can qualify based on your high school scores, you will not have to take the Medical College Admission Test.
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