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Chemistry Major

Explore and influence with a degree in chemistry.

Understanding chemistry allows you to examine our changing world — and gives you the power to shape it. Whether you aspire to aid crime scene investigators in deciphering evidence or champion the cause of environmental conservation, a solid foundation in chemistry opens doors to diverse opportunities.

At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, our dedicated faculty is committed to facilitating a journey of discovery through education. On the campus in Winona, you’ll be immersed in a comprehensive learning experience, interweaving research, laboratory work, fundamental chemical principles, and real-world encounters. From your first year, you’ll engage with cutting-edge instrumentation, including the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer, and gas chromatograph with a mass spectrometer.

Unearth the realms of general, organic, and physical chemistry, equipping yourself for careers spanning research, healthcare, forensics, and environmental science. Chemistry also serves as an ideal foundation for pre-professional pathways like medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and pharmacy.

Guided by our Lasallian Catholic heritage, you’ll approach science with an open mind, zeal, curiosity, and objectivity. Your contribution will resonate as you become a catalyst for a better world.

Step into the world of chemistry at Saint Mary’s and embrace the profound journey of exploration and transformation. Apply now to join us in shaping a world enriched by your scientific curiosity and expertise.

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Program Highlights

  • This STEM program, recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Graduates are in high demand, excelling in the latest technologies and innovating solutions for real-world problems. International students may be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • Gain access to advanced instrumentation in entry-level courses with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms in Aquinas Hall.
  • Receive personalized, one-on-one mentorship and advising; work closely with a professor for your Senior Research project.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world projects at leading research and medical facilities such as: Mayo Clinic Summer Lab Science Program, Gundersen Medical Foundation Summer Research Fellowship, Louisiana State University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, and University of Connecticut REU Program
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Principles of various fields of chemistry
  • Modern instrumentation theory and practice
  • Presentation of results, conclusions, and relevance of scientific experiments
  • Understanding of scientific principles and how to communicate them
  • Effectively work with diverse colleagues in team situations
  • Ethical leadership and collaborative skills

Teach STEM in a high-need district

Share your passion for chemistry — with your own classroom

Teaching in a STEM field allows you to stay connected with the discipline you love while inspiring children to see it as a possible option for their lives and careers. 

The ISTEP-Noyce program is designed to help increase the number of secondary STEM teachers from diverse backgrounds committed to teaching in high-need schools – to ensure all learners are served.

With Saint Mary’s ISTEP-Noyce grants, you can receive two years of scholarship support.


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you’re a high school graduate starting your college search — or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit — Saint Mary’s is committed to helping you find your place in the world

Course Catalog

Careers that look to the future.

Career options for chemistry graduates are changing as fast as the physical world and human behaviors. Jobs in pharmacology, forensic science, and environmental science jobs are in high-demand. Entry-level careers in the sciences are indispensable, such as chemical engineers, research scientists, and analytic chemists.





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$57,800 per

Job growth rate between 2020-2030

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