The chemistry major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. To meet your specific career goals, add a structured minor to further strengthen your background.
Bachelor's Degree Program (BS)
As a chemistry major at D'Youville College, you'll study the traditional foundational areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry.
- Flexible Major Requirements – Our interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent foundation for many career paths. At D'Youville, we encourage students to customize the curriculum to suit their future career goals.
- Laboratory Research Opportunities – Starting in your junior or senior year, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of D'Youville faculty. Some of our students also work with scientists at collaborating institutions like the world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Some of our students have even presented their research at national and international conferences.
- Career and Graduate School Guidance– Ace your graduate or professional school entrance exams with D'Youville's in-house review course. Students at other colleges often pay $1,000 or more to take similar courses from commercial firms. If you're unsure about a career path, your assigned faculty advisor will help you explore your options.
- State-of-the-Art Research Facilities Gain experience with using cutting-edge, research-grade equipment in our new research laboratories.
- Combined Degree Track Benefit from direct entry into one of D'Youville's combined professional degree programs in health-related fields or education. You'll graduate in less time and save money, because you'll pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate studies.
- Small Classes Get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40. Science labs range from 12 to 15 students per class.
- Dedicated Faculty 100% of classes at D'Youville College are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants.
Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for this program.
Because a bachelor's degree in chemistry can lead to almost limitless career possibilities, D'Youville's program offers flexibility so that you can explore related areas and find your career interest.
As a chemistry major you will learn how the material world around you works. The chemistry degree program prepares students in the traditional areas of chemistry: inorganic, analytical, physical, organic and biochemistry, and it also leaves considerable freedom for students to explore other areas or career interests.
Our degree program gives you 21 credits of free electives to explore these options. If you wanted to be a patent lawyer you could minor in pre-law. If you were thinking of becoming a doctor or a medical researcher, you could minor in biology and take the courses needed to enter medical school. Or you could simply explore some area of chemistry that interests you through directed scholarship and research with a faculty member.
Career opportunities for chemistry majors extend far beyond teaching at the high school or college level. Graduates are employed in a vast array of careers, including:
- Research and development (R&D) in the pharmaceutical industry
- Research and development (R&D) for manufacturing in fields such as food flavorings, cosmetics and perfumes.
- Research or clinical careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or allied health.
- Education (secondary and higher education)
- Research in ecology and oceanography
- Patent law, international law, environmental law, pharmaceutical sales and management
- Law enforcement (forensic)
- Patent Law
Learn more about chemistry careers on the American Chemistry Society's (ACS) website.
Starting in your sophomore year, chemistry majors have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of D'Youville faculty. Subsequently opportunities exist for research internships alongside scientists at collaborating institutions near the D'Youville Campus, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman Woodward Research Institute. Few undergraduate chemistry programs offer these types of exceptional research opportunities.
Research opportunities with our science faculty will give you an excellent introduction to the world of research, allowing you the opportunity to collect and interpret data. Many students receive National Science Foundation (NSF) stipends, and also present their projects at international conferences.
As a student you will have opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty in the department:
Dominic L. Ventura, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at D'Youville College explains the research project, Metallophthalocyanine-catalyzed Wittig Olefination.
Chemistry majors can find employment in a variety of careers and industries. Our graduates can be found all over the world, including:
Derek Schall '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a Ph.D at the University of Vermont.
Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a Ph.D at Emory University.
Daniel Snyder II '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a Ph.D at the University of Utah.
Sean Carney '09 is pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry at Kent State.
Zack Wintrob '09 is pursuing a Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences at University at Buffalo.
Kiante Hyman '08 was accepted into the doctoral program in Chemistry at the University at Buffalo.
Kwadwo Bediako '07 was accepted into Pharmacy school and admitted into the Master's program in Biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University.
Lamin Trawally '07 was accepted into the doctoral program in Biochemistry at the University at Buffalo.
Michael Gannon '04 achieved candidacy for a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo in 2007.
Matt Strom '02 currently at the Naval Research Lab.