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School of Science & Engineering: Chemistry

Phone: (845) 257-3790
Location: Coykendall Science Building Room 105
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/chemistry Link opens in a new window

The Department of Chemistry at New Paltz offers both undergraduate and masters degree programs. Three undergraduate programs leading to liberal arts degrees are available: the chemistry major, the American Chemical Society (ACS) approved chemistry major, and the chemistry major with biochemistry emphasis.

A student who obtains an ACS-approved degree is eligible for employment as a chemist in industry or government. The ACS-approved program also prepares students for graduate study and for professional training in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Course offerings allow chemistry majors to obtain a broad background in several areas of chemistry.

The biochemistry emphasis is designed for the student interested in biochemistry or health-related sciences requiring a substantial background in chemistry. This program provides excellent preparation for health professional training, as well as for graduate study in clinical chemistry, physiology, and medicinal chemistry. Students take core courses in chemistry and biology and complete the year-long biochemistry sequence.

The chemistry major requires fewer advanced courses than the ACS approved program. However, students take, with advisement, the same core courses that provide theoretical and hands-on education in the major areas of chemistry. Students are able to combine a chemistry major with prelaw, business, or teaching programs. This degree with selected courses in biology can prepare students for medical school entrance requirements. Preparation for a non-laboratory career in chemistry could include management or marketing courses offered by the business program at New Paltz.

The American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training includes the New Paltz Chemistry Department on its list of approved departments. This is the equivalent to professional accreditation of the liberal arts curriculum. Prospective chemistry majors should consult with the department chair as soon as possible after admission to the College and should take MAT251 and CHE201 in the fall semester of their freshman year.

In addition to these programs, the Departments of Chemistry and Biology offer an interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The curricular requirements are found here.

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