Natural Sciences

Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Overview

A Chemistry major pursues a rigorous course of study that includes a minimum of thirty-four (34) credits in Chemistry, most of which are in prescribed courses, a year of Biological Principles, a year of Calculus-based General Physics, and Math courses through Calculus III.

Chemistry majors are also encouraged to participate in research or independent study. Students also pursuing teaching certification are required to take a year of sarth science. They are also assigned an advisor in the Division of Education to ensure that all New York State requirements are satisfied.

Chemistry at the Mount

There are many advantages to studying Chemistry at the Mount:

Opportunities outside of the classroom. You could be a student rep at division meetings, an officer in the Biology and Chemistry honor societies, or participate with the American Chemical Society student affiliate chapter on campus. Students organize speakers, museum tours, hiking trips, campus activities like faculty vs. student quiz bowl, and science night for elementary school students. 

A strong peer group. Chemistry majors quickly become a part of the science community at the Mount. Students who have majors within the Division of Natural Science take their math and science classes together and quickly form study groups.

Peer tutoring. Science majors work together toward a successful college career as upper-classmen serve as peer tutors, and all students have the opportunity to get help to support their learning efforts. Tutoring can provide you with income, but it will also help you to build your resume and strengthen your knowledge base.

Research. All ful-time faculty members have PhD degrees in a variety of different fields and can offer you the opportunity to develop a research project that will help you to apply your coursework to real problems. A research project will enhance your knowledge and ability to integrate your learning and will impress graduate schools and future employers.

Learning science as a process. Many of our laboratory courses use inquiry-based collaborative learning to introduce students to the process of science and scientific research.

Mentoring. All science students are assigned a full-time faculty advisor to help you explore career options, plan your course schedule and follow your academic progress. New freshmen are assigned a “science sibling” before coming to campus, so that they have the opportunity to ask questions of an upperclassman, student to student.

Program Requirements

All Chemistry courses above 1000-level have a pre-requisite of a C or above in CHM 1520 (Chemical Principles II) and a C or above in any other pre-requisite course(s). Biology courses above the 1000-level have a pre-requisite of at least one college-level Chemistry course with a grade of C or better. In addition, all Biology courses above 1000-level have a pre-requisite of a C or above in BIO 1140 (Biological Principles II) or BIO 1040 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) and a C or above in any other pre-requisite course(s).

Where Mount Students Have Interned
 

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
  • Gateway to Dentistry Program, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
  • The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Minority Student Summer Research Opportunity
  • SUNY College of Optometry Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
  • Syracuse University Department of Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Career Options

A major in Chemistry at the Mount prepares students for a variety of career options, including:

  • entry level position in the chemical industry;
  • graduate studies in chemistry or allied fields;
  • professional schools such as medical school, dental school, etc.;
  • careers in teaching.

The American Chemical Society ("ACS") maintains a website that will link to a tremendous amount of information about careers in chemistry. You can find it at www.acs.org.

Career Outlook

The American Chemical Society reported that between 2001–2005, there was an increase in graduate rates of chemistry students nationally. The US Department of Labor says that “Job growth will occur in professional, scientific, and technical services firms as manufacturing companies continue to outsource their research and development and testing operations to these smaller, specialized firms.”

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