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Chemistry Program Requirements

Students majoring in chemistry may earn the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. These differ in the number of required courses in mathematics and chemistry.

The introductory course sequence CHEM 103C, 103L, 104C, 104L is intended to prepare students for all subsequent chemistry courses. The Department of Chemistry strongly recommends that a student enrolling in CHEM 103C has a minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test score of 500 on the mathematics section of the test, a minimum ACT score of 21 on the mathematics section of that test, or a mathematical background that has prepared the student for MATH 119C or a higher-level mathematics course. If the student does not meet any of these criteria, the department advises that the student delay entering CHEM 103C and take sufficient mathematics to prepare for enrolling in MATH 119C.

B.S. in Chemistry

For students majoring in chemistry, all courses that are required for the major program are included in determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 – Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L – Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 – Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L – Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 365 – Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L – Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 366 – Physical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 366L – Physical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 408 – Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 412 – Advanced Topics (3)
  • CHEM 431 – Spectroscopic Identification (3)
  • CHEM 435 – Advanced Laboratory I (1)
  • CHEM 436 – Advanced Laboratory II (1)
  • CHEM 441 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 449 – Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 – Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C – P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C – P4 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 221C – Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 222 – SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)
  • PHYS 131C – P4 General Physics I (4)*
  • PHYS 132C – P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 77 credits

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


B.A. in Chemistry

For students majoring in chemistry, all courses that are required for the major program are included in determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 – Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L – Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 – Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L – Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 365 – Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L – Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 366 – Physical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 366L – Physical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 449 – Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 – Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C – P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C – P4 Calculus II (4)
  • Choose ONE:
    • MATH 221C – Calculus III (4)
    • MATH 222 – SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)
  • PHYS 131C – P4 General Physics I (4)*
    PHYS 132C – P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 59-60 credits

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


Inclusive Adolescence Education – Chemical Education (Dual Major)

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (chemistry) may dual major in inclusive adolescence education and chemical education and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40–43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details) the chemistry department in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following requirements for certification in chemistry:

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 – Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 300 – Practicum in Laboratory Development (3)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L – Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 365 – Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L – Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • Choose ONE:
    • CHEM 316 – Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    • CHEM 366 – Physical Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 408 – Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 441 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 449 – Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 – Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C – P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C – P4 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS 131C – P4 General Physics I (4)*
  • PHYS 132C – P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 58 credits

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


Inclusive Adolescence Education Major with a Chemistry Concentration

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive adolescence education (chemistry) may choose to complete a concentration in chemistry instead of a major, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition to meeting all of the inclusive adolescence education requirements (40-43 credits: see Inclusive Adolescence Education for details), the chemistry department in conjunction with the education department, as outlined the following courses for the chemistry concentration which meet the New York state requirement for chemistry certification:

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 – Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 300 – Practicum in Laboratory Development (3)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L – Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 – Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L – Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 450 – Seminar (1)
  • Two chemistry electives (6)

Total: 39 credits


Inclusive Childhood Education Major with a Liberal Arts Major/Concentration in Chemistry

Students pursuing teaching certification in inclusive childhood education must declare either a second major or a concentration in a liberal arts field. Either choice results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Inclusive childhood education majors who wish to pursue a dual major with chemistry take all of the major requirements as listed above (B.A. or B.S. degree requirements) in addition to meeting all of the inclusive childhood education requirements (49-52 credits: see Inclusive Childhood Education for details). If an inclusive childhood education major wishes to complete a concentration in chemistry, the chemistry department in conjunction with the education department, has outlined the following courses which meet the New York state requirements for a liberal arts concentration in this field:

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 – Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 300 – Practicum in Laboratory Development (3)
  • CHEM 315 – Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L – Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 – Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L – Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 450 – Seminar (1)
  • Two chemistry electives (6)

Total: 39 credits


Minor in Chemistry

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C – P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L – General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C – General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L – General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 – SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L – Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L – Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • One CHEM lecture course with the corresponding lab course at or beyond CHEM 315
    (CHEM 410 is the corresponding lab for CHEM 408; CHEM 435 is the corresponding lab for CHEM 431) (4–5 credits)

Total: 22–23 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.