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Chemistry

The Saint Anselm College Chemistry Department provides its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in chemistry within the context of a liberal arts education. Consistent with the Catholic Benedictine mission of the College, the Department seeks to develop ethical and responsible scientists, who are active in their local, national and global communities. The Department engages students in a variety of learning experiences that integrate the teaching and research laboratories with the classroom.

Chemistry, as the central science, is by its nature interdisciplinary, drawing on both mathematics and physics to understand basic principles and helping to inform the understanding of structure and reactivity in biological systems. As a result, in addition to chemistry, students demonstrate competency in calculus, physics, and biochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry offers courses that are intended to introduce students to the descriptive and theoretical foundations of the chemical sciences. For students majoring in the other sciences, chemistry courses are offered which support and complement the major programs in those disciplines.  Within the major, the department provides a core of basic information in the chemical sciences permitting the pursuit of a number of  educational and career pathways.  The major and two tracks are listed below."

The curriculum provides the chemistry courses upon which individualized programs may be constructed.  Specific programs are arranged by students in consultation with their advisor and must be approved by the chairperson of the Department of Chemistry.

Major requirements: Mathematics 170-180; Physics 121-122 or 131-132; Chemistry 130-131, 250-251, 270, 310, 280-281, 340, 420, 421 (For the teacher certification track, Biology 103-104 and Education 432 substitute for Chemistry 310, 281 and 421)

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English 105 Core / Language
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Mathematics 170 Mathematics 180

In the sophomore year: Chemistry majors generally take Organic Chemistry and Physics. Depending on initial placement, students will complete the modern or classical language requirement.  The remainder of the schedule is filled by chemistry electives, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the junior year: Chemistry majors generally take Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry sequences, and complete the Research and Seminar I requirement in the fall semester.  Students will choose core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major to complete the schedule.

In the senior year: Chemistry majors generally take Inorganic Chemistry and Research and Seminar II courses in the fall. Students finish any core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major to complete the schedule.