Chemistry Majors & Minors

The Chemistry Department provides a nurturing and rigorous environment for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in chemistry and related fields. 

Geneseo offers multiple Chemistry degree programs (ACS-certified B.S., B.A., & minor), a B.A degree with NYS Adolescence Education certification for those interested in being a chemistry teacher, a 3-2 Chemical Engineering program with multiple partner institutions, a B.S. biochemistry degree in partnership with the Biology Department, and multiple related interdisciplinary majors (neuroscience, biophysics, geochemistry).

Small classes taught by faculty instructors dedicated to student success, modern laboratories and instrumentation, and access to cutting edge research opportunities make Geneseo stand out. Learn more below

Students in chemistry lab

Degree Programs

ACS-Certified B.S. in Chemistry

The ACS-certified Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program emphasizes laboratory and advanced courses that prepare students for careers in chemical research, laboratory work, or master’s and doctoral programs in the chemical sciences. It is intended for those who wish to obtain a degree certified by a professional organization and can lead to careers in the pharmaceutical industry, environmental testing, laboratory research, and health professions. 

Degree requirements and course maps are available in the college bulletin.

Outcomes

Coming soon

B.A. in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry provides flexibility in the study of chemistry and is recommended for students preparing for secondary certification, dual majors, or those planning to pursue graduate work outside of chemical sciences (e.g., law, M.B.A., public policy). The flexibility of this program is also suitable for students transferring from other colleges who wish to pursue a degree in Chemistry. Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry also pursue health profession degrees and other chemistry-related graduate degrees.

Degree requirements and course maps are available in the college bulletin.

Outcomes

Coming soon.

Chemistry, Adolescence Education: Chemistry and General Science (B.A.)

About

Geneseo has a long history providing excellent training for those interested in becoming a high school chemistry teacher. Students seeking Initial Certification in Adolescence Education must complete the requirements for a BA in addition to the requirements set forth in the School of Education program description. 

Degree requirements and course maps are available in the College Bulletin

Outcomes

Coming soon.

Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Five-Year [3-2], B.A.

About

This program allows students to earn a BA in Chemistry from Geneseo and a BS in Chemical Engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University, or Columbia University. Students complete 3 years at Geneseo and 2 years at the partner institution.

Degree maps and course maps are available in the College Bulletin.

Outcomes

Coming soon

Minor in Chemistry

About

The minor in Chemistry provides students with a basic understanding of the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Students complete advanced electives in an area of their choosing.

See the College Bulletin for Chemistry minor requirements

Biochemistry

About

The interdepartmental degree in Biochemistry stresses basic science and analytical skills. Extensive laboratory experience is acquired making use of the modern instrumentation in both the Biology and Chemistry departments. Graduates of this program are well prepared for employment in the fields of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology. The program also provides excellent preparation for the pursuit of advanced academic or professional degrees.

Degree requirements and course maps are available in the College Bulletin.

 

Outcomes

Coming soon

Neuroscience

About

The Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary major supported by the Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry Departments that is designed to prepare students for graduate study, medical school, and careers focused on neuroscience research. This program emphasizes research methods and the practical application of those methods to the process of scientific discovery.

Cannot be used as a second major with Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or Psychology.

Degree requirements and course maps are available in the College Bulletin.

Outcomes

Coming soon.

Geochemistry

About

This program provides a background in Geological Sciences and Chemistry as well as related areas such as Physics and Mathematics. The synthesis of these interrelated disciplines will prepare the student for graduate-level study and a professional career in geochemistry or related fields

Outcomes

Coming soon

Courses

The courses offered range from introductory courses in general and organic chemistry, to foundational courses in five chemistry subdisciplines (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical), and advanced electives in multiple areas of current interest (eg, anticancer therapeutics, nanoscience, organometallics, instrumental analysis). Many students also choose to do research, which can meet laboratory requirements and provides hands-on experience that is vital in the development of a chemist. 

Course descriptions and academic advisors are available to help students select the right courses. 

Planned Advanced Elective Offerings

All offerings are subject to change. For updates, contact the Chemistry Department Chair.

Fall 2024

  • Organic Chem: NEUR 388 Science of Cannabis
  • Biochem: CHEM 305 Topics in Anticancer Therapeutic Biochemistry

Spring 2025

  • Biochem: CHEM 304 Biochemistry II
  • Inorganic Chem: TBD
  • Physical Chemistry: TBD

Fall 2026

  • Analytical Chemistry: TBD
  • Biochemistry: TBD

Spring 2027

  • Organic Chemistry: TBD
  • Physical Chemistry

Honors Program

The Department offers an Honors Research program. All chemistry and biochemistry majors with senior-standing and a 3.5 or greater GPA in chemistry classes are eligible. Honors students participate in a cutting-edge multi-semester research project with a faculty mentor, and write and defend an Honor's Thesis. Recent Chemistry Honors Students and their theses are detailed below.

2024

Trevor Bollinger (BA Chemistry) - Evaluating the Antibacterial Activity of Novel Ruthenium(II)-arene Complexes

Margaret Hintz (BS Biochemistry) - Green Synthesis of 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles and 1,3,4-Thiadiazoles and Biological Testing Against Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Madalyn Hymowitz (BS Chemistry) - Synthesis and Determination of Molar Absorptivity of 3-Monolayer CdSe Nanoplatelets

 

 

Study Abroad

Geneseo Study Abroad in Japan

 Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Whether you're interested in a short-term, semester- or year-long program, Study Abroad can connect you to interesting and varied opportunities around the world. Chemistry faculty specifically sponsor trips in Mona, Jamaica and Japan. Contact Prof. Ruel McKnight or Prof. Kazu Yokoyama for more information.

 

Information about ACS Certification

The American Chemical Society (ACS) degree certification is widely recognized program certification that ensures that the chemistry department's curriculum with respect to its breadth and depth, the qualifications of the chemistry faculty, the adequacy of the facilities, condition of instrumentation, access to current chemical literature, and opportunities for a meaningful research experience are aligned with best practices designed to prepare students for success in a broad array of careers. The ACS-certified BS degree in Chemistry does not meet any professional licensure or professional certification requirements in New York.

Please also see the NYS professional license disclosure.