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 Technical solutions are sought to address many societal needs such as, 

  • Development of new batteries, solar panels, and fuel cells, 
  • Replacement of current plastic materials with biodegradable ones,
  • Developing new tests and new drugs to detect and treat diseases,
  • Making chemical manufacturing greener and more sustainable, 
  • Improving and expanding reusing and recycling of materials.

The study of chemistry will open the door for you to enter the work force that is engaged in finding these technical solutions. The ACS-Certified Chemistry major provides additional in-depth preparation especially useful for students who wish to pursue a Master’s, a Doctoral, or a professional degree after graduating from Brockport. Also consider the Biochemistry major or the Neuroscience major for entering the work force related to the life sciences and medicine. If you seek a career in chemical education, we offer two BS degree programs, the Chemistry Adolescence Education major and the Chemistry Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education major.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in chemistry.

Program Requirements

Students in the chemistry major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Minimum grades of "C" in CHM 205 and CHM 206 are required before students are allowed to take further chemistry courses in the major.

General Education Requirements (35* credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (35 credits)

  • CHM205 College Chemistry I (4 credits)*
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM301 Chemical Safety (1 credit)
  • CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM303 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHM305 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM306 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM400 Seminar I (1 credit)
  • CHM401 Seminar II (1 credit)
  • CHM405 Physical Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHM406 Physical Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHM408 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • CHM409 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)

Cognate or Additional Requirements (20 credits)

  • MTH201 Calculus I (4 credits)*
  • MTH202 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MTH203 Calculus III (4 credits)
  • PHS235 Physics I (4 credits)*
  • PHS240 Physics II (4 credits)

Prerequisites (0-6 credits)

  • MTH 111 College Algebra
  • MTH 122 Pre-Calculus (or three years high school math)*

Electives (24-30 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Chemistry majors must earn a grade of C or better in CHM 205 and 206
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

To make normal progress in the major, a student should complete CHM205, CHM206, CHM302, CHM303, CHM305, CHM306, PHS235, PHS240, MTH201, MTH202 and MTH203 by the end of the sophomore year, but speak with your advisor about your specific needs and the timing of the courses that will work best for you.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and apply the principles of:

  1. chemical nomenclature.
  2. atomic structure and quantum theory.
  3. molecular structure and reactivity.
  4. stoichiometric calculations based upon chemical formulae and balanced chemical equations including oxidation-reduction reactions.
  5. chemical energetics and thermodynamics including chemical equilibrium.
  6. reaction dynamics (kinetics and mechanisms).
  7. descriptive chemistry of the elements, compounds, and trends in the periodic table.

Students will be able to

  1. critically assess primary literature.
  2. contribute positively and effectively as a member of a team while addressing a chemical issue.
  3. understand and apply the tenets and principles of safe laboratory practice and waste handling.
  4. demonstrate proficiency in carrying out basic and advanced laboratory manipulations and use of common laboratory equipment and instruments.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in managing experimental data including thoroughly recording procedure and observations, tabulating data, and analyzing results.
  6. effectively communicate chemistry content, both orally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.
  7. recognize and analyze ethical implications related to scientific issues in society and within their profession.