Department of Chemistry
Distinguished Professor Carla Theimer, Ph.D.
Eric Block, Ph.D. (Carla Rizzo Delray ’42
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth and
Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry
John W. Delano, Ph.D.
SUNY at Stony Brook
Shelton Bank, Ph.D.
Robert E. Frost, Ph.D.
Bernard J. Laurenzi, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Eugene Mclaren, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Yash P. Myer, Ph.D.
University of Oregon
Ramaswamy H. Sarma, Ph.D.
Andrew J. Yencha, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Emeritae Professor of Education and Chemistry
Audrey Champagne, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Frank M. Hauser, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina
Charles P. Scholes, Ph.D.
(Acting Department Chair)
Lawrence C. Snyder, Ph.D.
Carnegie Institute of Technology
John T. Welch, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Associate Professor Emeritae
Lawrence H. Daly, Ph.D.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Evgeny Dikarev, Ph.D.
Moscow State University
Rabi A. Musah, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
Li Niu, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
Marina Petrukhina, Ph.D.
Moscow State University
Paul J. Toscano, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Associate Professor
Jayanti Pande, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Igor Lednev, Ph.D.
Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology
Alexander Shekhtman, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Jason Shepard, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Adjuncts (estimated): 4
Teaching Assistants (estimated): 25
The objective of the department is to provide students with a broad, fundamental knowledge of modern theoretical and experimental chemistry enabling graduates to embark immediately on professional careers in chemistry or to continue study at an advanced level toward higher degrees.
The general program in chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. For students interested in engineering, 3–2 programs with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University are available.
Chemistry gives students the tools to think analytically, to solve problems, and to create new materials with unusual properties. A strong foundation in chemistry, coupled with a background in other disciplines such as biology, physics, and even art or business, can lead to the confidence and flexibility to take on challenging jobs after graduation. Career choices may include classic positions in industrial or governmental laboratories as a production, control, or analytical chemist. However, with a background in chemistry, career options are diverse and broad, including the potential to enter graduate and professional schools. Our graduates have secured employment in pharmaceuticals, medicine, petrochemicals, materials science, as well as the cosmetics and aerospace fields. Furthermore, a graduate may choose a career path as a research assistant, technical sales and service representative, secondary school teacher, science writer or editor, forensic or environmental scientist, patent attorney, art restorer, information scientist, toxicologist, or even investment counselor or public relations specialist.
For students interested in engineering, there are available 3-2 programs with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, SUNY at New Paltz, and SUNY at Binghamton. Students in these programs spend their first three years at this campus and the last two years at the other. The tuition is at the University at Albany rate for the first three years only. Upon successful completion of the programs, students are awarded a B.S. in Chemistry from the University at Albany, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the other
A typical program, in the three years here, includes all courses required for the B.S., Chemistry emphasis, degree except for A Chm 352Z, 420, and the 6 credits of advanced chemistry. Equivalent work at the engineering school is accepted for these last 12 credits. In addition, students take more mathematics, physics, and computer science, to prepare for the engineering school. This includes A Mat 220 and 311, A Phy 321 and 462, I Csi 101 and 204.
Degree Requirements for the Major in Chemistry
General Program B.A. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of a minimum of 51 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 320, 321, 420, 430, and 6 credits in advanced chemistry including at least 3 credits in courses other than A Chm 424, 425, or 426; A Mat 111 or 112 or 118 and 113 or 119; A Phy 105, 106, 108, and 109. Note: A Phy 140 or 141 and 150 or 151 will substitute for the A Phy 105 and 108 sequence.
General Program B.S. Within this program, a student has a choice of five tracks: Chemistry Emphasis (66 credits); Chemical Biology Emphasis (68 credits); Chemistry/Forensic Chemistry Emphasis (69 credits); Chemistry/Materials Emphasis (66 credits); Chemistry/Polymers Emphasis (66 credits). The specific requirements for individual tracks are outlined below.
Chemistry Emphasis B.S. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of 66 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 350 or 444, 351 or 445, 352Z, 420, 442 or 342, 6 credits in advanced chemistry laboratories to be chosen from A Chm 417, 426, 430 and 450, and 3 credits in advanced chemistry in courses other than A Chm 424, 425, or 426; A Mat 111 or 112 or 118, 113 or 119, 214; A Phy 140 or 141, 145, 150 or 151, 155, 240 or 241.
Chemical Biology Emphasis B.S. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of 68 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 350 or 444, 351 or 445, 352Z, 420, 442, 443, 446; A Bio 110, 111, 212; A Mat 111 or 112 or 118, 113 or 119; A Phy 140 or 141, 145, 150 or 151, 155.
Chemistry/Forensic Chemistry Emphasis B.S. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of 69 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 350 or 444, 351 or 445, 352Z, 417, 420, 430, 442 or 342, 450 and 451; A Mat 108, 111 or 112 or 118, 113 or 119, 214; A Phy 140 or 141, 145, 150 or 151, 155.
Chemistry/Materials Emphasis B.S. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of 66 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 350 or 444, 351 or 445, 352Z, 408, 420, 495; A Mat 111 or 112 or 118, 113 or 119 and 214; A Phy 140 or 141, 145, 150 or 151, 155, 240 or 241, 462, 464; X RPI 300 (RPI CHEM-4640, Polymer Science laboratory) may be substituted for A Phy 464.
Chemistry/Polymers Emphasis B.S. Combined major and minor sequence consisting of 66 credits: A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 350 or 444, 351 or 445, 352Z, 408, 420, and 496; A Mat 111 or 112 or 118, 113 or 119, and 214; A Phy 140 or 141, 145, 150 or 151, 155, 240 or 241, and 462; X RPI 300 (RPI CHEM-4640, Polymer Science Laboratory—student cross-registers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the course).
The honors program in chemistry is designed for outstanding students enrolled in the general program leading to the B.S. degree, chemistry emphasis. Students may apply for admission to the honors program by submitting a letter of request to the department chair no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admissions in the Fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the Spring). Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University. Primary emphasis will be placed on indications of academic ability and maturity sufficient for applicants to pursue with distinction a program involving independent research.
The minimum requirements for admission include: (1) Completion of A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 122, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223,225 or their equivalents; (2) An overall grade point average of 3.50; (3) A grade point average of 3.60 in chemistry courses required for the major; and (4) Written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom, preferably should be from outside the Department of Chemistry.
Students in the program must maintain both a minimum grade point average of 3.50 overall and of 3.60 in chemistry courses taken to satisfy major requirements during the junior and senior years. The progress of participants in the honors program will be reviewed at the end of junior year by the student’s adviser and the Departmental Undergraduate Committee. Students not meeting academic and independent research standards at that time may be precluded from continuing in the program during their senior year. These students may, of course, continue as majors.
Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 71 credits as follows: in addition to the 19 credits listed above and mathematics and physics requirements listed for the general B.S. program with chemistry emphasis, A Chm 350, 351, 352, 353, 420, and six credits of advanced chemistry, not including research courses (64 credits total); A Chm 424 (1 credit), 3 credits of A Chm 426 (Undergraduate Research), and 4 credits of A Chm 427 (Honors Undergraduate Research). The independent study must include an honors research project, culminating with a written honors thesis and departmental seminar by the end of the student’s last semester.
After completion of the requirements above, the records of the candidates will be reviewed by the Departmental Undergraduate Committee. After consideration of overall academic record, performance and accomplishments in the independent study project, the quality of the Honors Seminar and Thesis, and the evaluations of departmental faculty members who have supervised these activities, a recommendation for or against a degree “with honors in chemistry” will be made by the committee to the departmental faulty. The final recommendation will be made by the departmental faculty and transmitted to the departmental chair.
Combined B.S./M.S. Program
The combined B.S./M.S. program in chemistry provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of the junior year. A carefully designed program can permit a student to earn the B.S. and M.S. degrees within nine semesters.
The combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.S., students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the minimum 60-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, general education requirements, and residency requirements. In qualifying for the M.S., students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.S. and M.S. programs.
The undergraduate requirement of A Chm 420 may be satisfied by A Chm 520. Likewise, the requirement of 6 credits in advanced chemistry may be satisfied by two 500-level graduate courses.
Students may apply for admission to the combined degree program in chemistry after the successful completion of 56 credits and after the satisfactory completion of A Chm 350. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration.