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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 such, in addition to chemistry, students demonstrate competency in calculus, physics, and biochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry offers courses which 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.

Chemistry Major Curriculum

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

Freshman Year
Humanities I Humanities II
Freshman English 103 Freshman English 104
Language Language
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Mathematics 170 Mathematics 180
Sophomore Year
Humanities III Humanities IV
Language Language
Physics 121 or 131 Physics 122 or 132
Chemistry 250 Chemistry 251
Theology/Philosophy Theology/Philosophy
Junior Year
Philosophy Philosophy
Theology Theology
Chemistry 270 Chemistry 310
Chemistry 280 Chemistry 281
Elective Elective
Chemistry 420*
Senior Year
Philosophy/Theology Elective
Chemistry 340 Elective
Chemistry 421 Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

*CH420 Research and Seminar I carries no credit.