Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

The Biochemistry Major: Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biochemistry, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. General College Requirements, including the following requirements to satisfy the major.
  2. Required Courses
  3. Every biochemistry major must complete a St. Mary's Project.
  4. Students must earn grades of C- or better in all courses listed in items 2-3 above, and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in these required courses.

Note: Students earning a degree in biochemistry may not pursue a second major in chemistry.