Department of Chemistry
Our undergraduate students have been recipients of prestigious scholarships and awards like:
- Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
- Chemistry Department Scholarship for Excellence in General Chemistry.
- Chemistry Department Scholarship for Excellence in Organic Chemistry.
The department actively participates in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program that was established at the University at Albany in 1999 with the goal of increasing the attainment of PhD degrees by underrepresented and minority students. Qualified students can conduct summer research under supervision and mentoring of the Chemistry Department faculty once admitted into the program.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Combined B.S./M.S.
Undergraduates may enroll in either the B.S. or B.A degrees in chemistry depending on their professional direction. Students may also shorten their study time by enrolling in a combined degree program that will offer them both a B.S. degree and M.S. degree upon completion of their studies.
Bachelor of Science Program - Forensic Chemistry
All of our B.S. programs, including our Comprehensive Forensic Chemistry Emphasis meet with the American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines and satisfy typical curriculum criteria. The ACS is the major professional society in the United States for practicing chemists, and evaluates undergraduate professional education in chemistry. These ACS certification guidelines require 400 clock hours of traditional coursework in chemistry, covering the fundamental areas of the discipline, including two semesters of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry, among others. In addition, the ACS mandates 500 clock hours of formal laboratory experience in chemistry, and specifies a number of math and physics course requirements. Academic institutions with a program which aligns with ACS standards attract top high school talent who are looking for recognized, rigorous departments. Students in the B.S. program will be instructed by a team of interdisciplinary faculty from the Department of Chemistry, as well as faculty from other departments within the University, including the Physics and Math Departments. In addition, the forensic emphasis has collaborated with the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Biology, and the professional staff from the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center to provide additional relevant coursework related to such areas as law, arson, drug chemistry, and courtroom testimony, among many others.