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:  Required Courses


Required Courses: Chemistry Courses (24 credit hours)

  • CHEM 106: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 311: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 420: Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 425: Biochemistry Il
  • CHEM 451: Physical Chemistry I

Required Courses: Biology Courses (14 credit hours)

  • BIOL 105: Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 105L: Principles of Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 106: Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 106L: Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BIOL 471: Molecular Biology

Required Courses: Cognate Courses (16 semester hours)

  • MATH 151: Calculus I
  • MATH 152: Calculus II
  • PHYS 131: General Physics I
  • PHYS 132: General Physics II