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The Chemistry BA Program: Academic Requirements

To declare chemistry as a major, students are required to have passed General Chemistry I and II (or the equivalent courses for transfer students) with grades of C or higher. Other courses required for the chemistry major, including support courses but excluding the senior project, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all chemistry majors must complete the following requirements (64 credits):

Chemistry Courses (46 credits)
A minimum cumulative 2.0 (C) GPA is required in all chemistry courses, excluding the senior project:

  1. CHE 1550/General Chemistry I: 4 credits
  2. CHE 1551/General Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  3. CHE 1560/General Chemistry II: 4 credits
  4. CHE 1561/General Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  5. CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods: 5 credits
  6. CHE 3310/Organic Chemistry I: 4 credits
  7. CHE 3311/Organic Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  8. CHE 3320/Organic Chemistry II: 4 credits
  9. CHE 3321/Organic Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  10. CHE 3510/Physical Chemistry I: 5 credits
  11. A minimum of 4 credits of advanced chemistry electives, chosen from the following list:
    CHE 3520/Physical Chemistry II: 4 credits
    CHE 3740/Medicinal Chemistry: 3 credits
    CHE 3997/Independent Study: 1–3 credits
    CHE 4600/Bioorganic Mechanisms: 4 credits
    CHE 4610/Biochemistry: 4 credits
    CHE 4611/Biochemistry Lab: 2 credits
    CHE 4800/Special Topics in Chemistry: 3 credits
  12. CHE 3890/Chemistry Junior Seminar: 2 credits
  13. CHE 4880/Chemistry Senior Seminar I: 1 credit
  14. CHE 4890/Chemistry Senior Seminar II: 1 credit
  15. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  16. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Support Courses (18 credits)

  1. MAT 1500/Calculus I: 4 credits
  2. MAT 1510/Calculus II: 4 credits
  3. PHY 1510/Introductory Physics I: 4 credits
  4. PHY 1511/Introductory Physics I Lab: 1 credit
  5. PHY 1520/Introductory Physics II: 4 credits
  6. PHY 1521/Introductory Physics II Lab: 1 credit

Chemistry Education
The chemistry program has a variety of chemistry and related courses tailored to prepare students who are interested in pursuing careers as high school chemistry teachers. Upon completion, the courses allow students to proceed for a “one year” master’s degree in education at one of the SUNY/CUNY campuses and subsequent certification.

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