Chemistry

Program Features

Chemistry is the science dealing with the composition and structure of substances and the transformations of these substances into new substances. Many students use this degree as a stepping stone to medical school, and Xavier has an exemplary 84 percent acceptance rate to med schools (compared to 40 percent nationally).

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Chemistry 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 I Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 170: Calculus I............ 4cr.
  • Second Language 102............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101/115 English Composition/Rhetoric ............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101............ 0cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 162: General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102............ 0cr.
  • CHEM 163: General Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 171: Calculus II............ 4cr.
  • CHEM 180: Intro to Chemical Enterprise............ 1cr.
  • Second Language 201............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100: First-Year Seminar ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • CHEM 240: Organic Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • MATH 220: Calculus III............ 4cr.
  • PHYS 170: University Physics I............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 161: Introductory Physics Lab I............ 1cr.
  • PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 226: Quantitative Analysis............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 227: Quantitative Analysis Lab............ 1cr.
  • PHYS 172: University Physics II............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 172: University Physics II Lab............ 1cr.
  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.

Fall

  • CHEM 320: Physical Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 340: Instrumental Analysis............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 205: Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 322: Physical Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 325: Physical Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 341: Instrumental Analysis Lab............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 330: Quantum Chemistry............ 2cr.
  • CHEM 400: Research............ 1cr.
  • PHIL 290: Theory of Knowledge ............ 3cr.
  • Theological Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • CHEM 420: Inorganic Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 450: Topics in Organic Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 400: Research............ 1cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 421 Inorganic Chemistry Lab ............ 1cr.
  • Diversity Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • CHEM 400: Research ............ 1cr.
  • CHEM 440: Biochemistry............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

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.

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.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier’s STEM majors — which includes Chemistry — are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Software Engineer, Actuarial Analyst, Associate Consultant, Chemist, Developer, Electrical Engineer, Research Engineer

Top Companies: Good Samaritan Hospital, The Christ Hospital, AT&T, 84.51, TBM Consulting, ScribeAmerica, GE Aviation

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

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

Xavier is located in the middle of Cincinnati’s vibrant business community, which includes eight Fortune 500 companies. Here, practical internship experience can lead to employment.


Find an Internship

Experiential Learning

Xavier is known for providing an education that is both challenging and personal. Courses like Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Quantitative Analysis will offer students a chance to explore the major outside classroom walls.


Sample Courses

Equipment and Instruments

Students have access to campus labs that include 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.


View Equipment List

Adeleke Oni: From Chemistry Major to ER Doc

"Chemistry teaches you patience while learning and developing your skills," Oni says.

Chemistry Major at Xavier University

The Chemistry major at Xavier University is a minimum 120-hour degree program that is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students completing the program graduate as "ACS certified" majors. The curriculum covers the five major fields (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry), the preparation and identification of compounds, and the literature on the subject.

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."