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CHEMISTRY

Why Choose Chemistry?

The chemistry program at Elmira College has various concentrations for every student’s interests. Starting in the first year and continuing throughout their time here, students will have small classes with significant personal attention. In the laboratory students will learn how to use all of our state-of-the-art instrumentation themselves. Many students begin research as early as their freshman year. Students will develop close relationships with multiple faculty in the sciences.

What Chemistry Will Teach You!

Student will take classes in all branches of chemistry, taking courses in organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. Electives such as environmental toxicology and medicinal chemistry allow students to specialize in their interests. They will learn transferrable skills in writing, public speaking, quantitative reasoning, and teamwork.

Where Chemistry Can Take You!

Students with chemistry majors are highly employable in various fields. The chemistry major has four tracks designed for different goals. Our health sciences track prepares students for medical, dental, veterinary or related programs. Our professional track prepares students for graduate school in chemistry or employment in industry. Finally, our unique medicinal plant track prepares students for employment in the growing fields of drug discovery, natural product analysis, and production of plant-based consumer products.

Why Choose Chemistry?

The chemistry program at Elmira College has various concentrations for every student’s interests. Starting in the first year and continuing throughout their time here, students will have small classes with significant personal attention. In the laboratory students will learn how to use all of our state-of-the-art instrumentation themselves. Many students begin research as early as their freshman year. Students will develop close relationships with multiple faculty in the sciences.

What Chemistry Will Teach You!

Student will take classes in all branches of chemistry, taking courses in organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. Electives such as environmental toxicology and medicinal chemistry allow students to specialize in their interests. They will learn transferrable skills in writing, public speaking, quantitative reasoning, and teamwork.

Where Chemistry Can Take You!

Students with chemistry majors are highly employable in various fields. The chemistry major has four tracks designed for different goals. Our health sciences track prepares students for medical, dental, veterinary or related programs. Our professional track prepares students for graduate school in chemistry or employment in industry. Finally, our unique medicinal plant track prepares students for employment in the growing fields of drug discovery, natural product analysis, and production of plant-based consumer products.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:


Full-time Faculty:


Part-time Faculty:

  • Ms. Sue Lockard, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
  • Mr. James Randall, Chemical Hygiene Officer and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry majors are highly encouraged to participate in our Term III study abroad trips. Many chemistry faculty teach 3-4 week courses in locations such as the Bahamas, Hawaii, and Alaska. The Elmira College Term III schedule allows chemistry students to experience a different culture without disrupting their major.

Honor Societies:

  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon

Clubs:

  • Elmira College Chemistry Club
  • American Chemical Society, Student Chapter

Prizes/Scholarships:

  • CRC Basic Chemistry Prize
  • Corning Section ACS Award
  • Mariam Ames Memorial Prize
  • Algernon De Waters Gorman Prize
  • ACS Senior Prize

Career Opportunities:

Students often complete their Elmira College internship through summer research programs either at Elmira College or at research institutions. Pre-health students generally do their internships at hospitals or other medical facilities in the region. We maintain a collaboration with the nearby Finger Lakes distillery where students can also work or do internships.

Kelly Gast '12, P.h.D.

Kelly Gast '12, Ph.D.

Chemistry Major

"The small class sizes, the ability to learn techniques hands-on, and having professors that actually knew your name was what drew me to teaching at a small liberal arts school nowadays."