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Bachelor of Science

Chemistry

Program of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program is a combined major and minor sequence. You can follow one of three tracks:

  • General Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Forensic Chemistry

Each of these tracks features an honors program option. The chemistry curricula is designed according to American Chemical Society standards, which means you'll study two semesters of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry, along with formal laboratory experience.

Honors Program

The honors program in chemistry is designed for outstanding students enrolled in the general program leading to the B.S. degree, Chemistry Emphasis, or Chemical Biology Emphasis, or Forensic Chemistry Emphasis.


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Professor Li Niu at 518-591-8819 or lniu@albany.edu, or Brian A. Gabriel at 518-442-4648 or bgabriel@albany.edu.

Program Tracks
Chemistry Emphasis

(67- 68 credits)


Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis Lab
  • Introduction to Biochemistry or Comprehensive Biochemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • 3 or 4 credits in advanced chemistry laboratories from Bioanalytical Chemistry, Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, or Instrumental Analysis and Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • 3 credits in advanced chemistry in courses other than Retrieval and Presentation of Chemical Information, Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry I or Biophysical Chemistry II


Mathematics Courses

  • Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus of Several Variables


Physics Courses

  • Physics I: Mechanics
  • Physics Lab I
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism
  • Physics Lab II
  • Physics III: Structure of Matter
Chemical Biology Emphasis

(72 credits)


Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis Lab
  • Physical Chemistry I or Biophysical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II or Biophysical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Comprehensive Biochemistry I
  • Comprehensive Biochemistry II
  • Chemical Biology Laboratory


Biology Courses

  • General Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology
  • General Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Introduction to Biological Investigations I
  • Introduction to Biological Investigations II
  • Introductory Genetics


Mathematics Courses

  • Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I
  • Calculus II


Physics Courses

  • Physics I: Mechanics
  • Physics Lab I
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism
  • Physics Lab II
Forensic Chemistry Emphasis

In the forensic chemistry track you will collaborate with the departments of criminal justice and biology, as well as the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center. It's a challenging degree that integrates additional coursework in math and physics that will prepare you for work in forensic or analytical chemistry. Staff from the Forensic Investigation Center provide coursework related to law, courtroom testimonial and drug chemistry. (72 credits)


Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I or Advanced General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II or Advanced General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis Lab
  • Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • Introduction to Biochemistry or Comprehensive Biochemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry I or Biophysical Chemistry I
  • Physical Chemistry II or Biophysical Chemistry II
  • Physical Chemistry Lab
  • Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • Advanced Forensic Chemistry
  • Advanced Forensic Chemistry Lab I
  • Advanced Forensic Chemistry Lab II


Mathematics Courses

  • Elementary Statistics
  • Algebra and Calculus II or Calculus I
  • Calculus II


Physics Courses

  • Physics I: Mechanics
  • Physics Lab I
  • Physics II: Electromagnetism
  • Physics Lab II
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

Interested in earning a graduate degree? Apply to the combined undergraduate/graduate program in your junior year and, if accepted, begin taking graduate-level coursework earlier than you would normally. Because you’re permitted to double-count up to 12 academic credits, you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years. Plus, these 12 credits are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

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Career Outcomes

A BS in Chemistry is an excellent building block if you want to go onto medical or dental school. You may also want to apply your education in chemistry to legal, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, aerospace, teaching, writing or environmental fields.

Potential job titles include:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Science writer
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Toxicologist
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Aerospace engineer
Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science
  • Development of analytical problem solving skills in the major areas of chemical study.
  • Understanding of the underlying theoretical principles that explain chemical behavior at the atomic, molecular, and macroscopic levels.
  • Development of  laboratory skills, including preparative techniques, methods for the disposal and handling of toxic compounds, and usage of modern instrumentation.
  • Preparation for employment or advanced study in chemistry or any of the allied fields listed in the B.A. objectives.

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