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Chemistry

The chemistry curriculum at Elmira College provides basic preparation for students to enter the chemical industry, undertake graduate study in chemistry, or pursue professional work in fields such as medicine, dentistry, or medical technology. A student who plans to teach chemistry in a secondary school can acquire teacher certification with the addition of Education courses.

The chemistry curriculum also provides students an opportunity to perform independent research with the chemistry faculty. These projects can vary from one-term projects to multi-year projects. Students frequently present their research on a national level at the spring National American Chemical Society meetings.

Facilities at Elmira College for studying chemistry include laboratories for research, radioisotope, instrumentation, and teaching. In addition to the standard laboratory equipment, major instruments available to students are: nuclear magnetic resonance, , atomic absorption, ultraviolet-visible, infrared, and fluorescent spectrophotometers; gas chromatography; mass spectrometry; ultra-centrifuge; as well as computer and data stations.

The chemistry program also has two chemistry-affiliated student groups: the American Chemical Society student group and a chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemical Honor Society.

Students interested in the program can follow the Elmira College Chemistry and Biochemistry Facebook Page.   

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