The Chemistry Department is in the midst of redesigning and reinvigorating its curriculum to accurately reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. Overall content will remain largely the same, but reorganized. This will allow for modern topics such as polymers, chemical biology, chemometrics, computational chemistry to be covered more fully and allow students more choice in upper level electives. 

Course requirements shown below (from the College Catalogue) pertain to students graduating in the Class of 2022 and beyond.

The process of updating the curriculum centered around the learning outcomes the Department developed for the major, as seen here.  A student who has completed a degree in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College:

  1. Has a solid foundation in chemical principles and theories;
  2. Communicates chemical and/or biochemical information with clarity and coherence through writing and speaking;
  3. Understands the theory behind and effectively utilizes state–of–the–art laboratory equipment and technology;
  4. Develops research ideas in chemistry or biochemistry, and designs experiments to examine those ideas;
  5. Recognizes and endeavors to solve challenges facing the discipline;
  6. Applies chemical principles to phenomena of the natural world.


Students in the Class of 2020 should be sure to take:

  • Organic I & II (CH 250, CH 251), Analytical I & II (CH 270, CH 310), Physical Chemistry I & II  (CH 280, CH 281), and Inorganic I (CH3 40).
  • Students pursuing the ACS-certified degree should also take Inorganic II (CH 360), Synthesis and Characterization (CH 370), and Biochemistry I (BI 336)


Students in the Class of 2021 should be sure to take:

  • Organic I & II (CH 250, CH 251); Analytical Chemistry I & II (CH 270, CH 310), Physical Chemistry (CH 280, CH 281), and Inorganic I (CH 340)
  • Students pursuing the ACS-certified degree should also take Inorganic II (CH 360), Integrated Laboratory (CH 425), Biochemistry I (BI 336), and at least one Chemistry elective. 


You will discuss your course schedules with your departmental advisors during pre-registration week each semester.

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 include:


    • MA 170 - Calculus I
    • MA 180 - Calculus II
    • PS 121-122 - General Physics I - II
    • or


    • PS 131-132 - Calculus-Based Physics I - II
    • CH 130 - General Chemistry I
    • CH 131 - General Chemistry II
    • CH 250 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CH 251 - Organic Chemistry II
    • CH 270 - Quantitative Analysis
    • CH 280 - Physical Chemistry I
    • CH 281 - Physical Chemistry II
    • CH 310 - Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 340 - Inorganic Chemistry I
    • CH 420 - Research and Seminar I
    • CH 421 - Research and Seminar II
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