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Chemistry Curriculum

The Chemistry curriculum prepares the student for entering the chemical industry or for graduate study in chemistry and provides basic preparation for professional work in the field of medicine, dentistry and medical technology. Therefore, students interested in pre-medicine, veterinary, or dentistry may major in chemistry. A student who plans to teach chemistry in a secondary school can acquire teacher certification with the addition of education courses. Those students who are interested in chemical engineering may major in chemistry at Elmira College in an effort to be selected for the 3+2 Chemical Engineering program with Clarkson University.

Facilities for chemistry include research, radioisotope, instrument and teaching laboratories. In addition to the normal laboratory equipment, major instruments available to students are atomic absorption, ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectrophotometers; gas and light, performance liquid chromatographs; ultra-centrifuge; computer and data stations.

Required Courses
CHE 1505: General Chemistry I
CHE 1505L: General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 1515: General Chemistry II
CHE 1515L: General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 2010: Organic Chemistry I
CHE2010L: Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 2020: Organic Chemistry II
CHE 2020L: Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 3010: Physical Chemistry I
CHE 3020: Physical Chemistry II

One of the following
CHE 3030: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 3040: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHE 3042: Biochemistry (W course)

CHE 3140: Analytical Chemistry 4.0
MAT 2010: Calculus I 4.0
MAT 2020: Calculus II 4.0
MAT 2090: Statistical Methods 4.0
PHY 2000: Principles of Physics I 4.0
PHY 2010: Principles of Physics II 4.0

Total of one course chosen from
CHE 4005: Research in Chemistry
CHE 4590: Seminar: Chemistry (W courses)
CHE 4591: Seminar: Chemistry (W courses)

NOTE: It is recommended that any student intending to go on to graduate or professional school in the sciences take one year of Physics as well as Mathematics through Calculus II in addition to the regular program in their major.

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.