The Purchase Chemical Society (PCS) is the local student affiliate of the American Chemical Society. The organization is solely run by the students. The goal of the Purchase Chemical Society is to further the professional growth of students in the field of chemistry. The organization helps broaden the scope of chemistry at Purchase beyond the classroom situation. The Purchase Chemical Society provides guidance for postgraduate employment and graduate studies, as well as counseling of lower-division students by junior and senior chemistry students.
Everyone interested in chemistry or chemistry-related disciplines is welcome to become a member. Students of other disciplines are also welcomed at our biweekly meetings. In particular, students who have not yet declared their major and are thinking about chemistry as their field of study are especially encouraged to become members.
The PCS has a variety of activities each academic year. These activities include career seminars, lecture series, and various social functions. We also undertake trips and visitations to various industrial chemical labs, lecture presentations at a neighboring universities, and group attendance to the annual Eastern Analytical Symposium at Atlantic City/Somerset in New Jersey.