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 persuing 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 persuing 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. 

The Department of Chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Completion of the approved program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with American Chemical Society Certification. Students who complete this program are well qualified for graduate study or professional employment.

Major requirements include:


  • MA 170 - Calculus I
  • MA 180 - Calculus II
  • PS 131-132 - Calculus-Based Physics I - II
  • BI 336 - Biochemistry
  • 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 310 - Instrumental Analysis
  • CH 280 - Physical Chemistry I
  • CH 281 - Physical Chemistry II
  • CH 370 - Synthesis and Characterization
  • CH 340 - Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CH 360 - Inorganic Chemistry II
  • CH 420 - Research and Seminar I
  • CH 421 - Research and Seminar II

At least one elective chosen from among:


  • CH 350 - Organic Chemistry III
  • CH 355 - Polymer Chemistry
  • CH 380 - Physical Chemistry III


In consultation with the student's advisor, and with the permission of the department chairperson, advanced courses in Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science may be substituted for Chemistry electives.  CH 270, 370, and BI 336 may be taken in any order.