The chemistry major at D'Youville prepares students in the traditional foundational areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry. A degree in chemistry offers a wide variety of career opportunities. You may use your degree to teach high school, enter directly into industry or go to graduate school and become a university professor or a senior researcher in an industrial R&D laboratory. A chemistry degree can also prepare you for post-graduate work in medicine, dentistry, business or law. Fields such as patent law, international law, environmental law, pharmaceutical sales and management are all accessible to students who begin their education with a chemistry degree.
Students are required to take the following courses with their corresponding laboratories: CHE 101, CHE 102, CHE 219, CHE 220, CHE 303, CHE 311, CHE 312, CHE 313L, CHE 331, CHE 332 and CHE 401. In addition, the student must choose to take either CHE 412 or CHE 421. Other required courses include the following: PHY 101, PHY 101L, PHY 102, PHY 102L, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 202 and a CSC course.
A chemistry degree combined with a biology minor is an excellent gateway into the medical profession. Many medical school applicants possess chemistry degrees coupled with key biology courses to enhance their submission. These courses are also available to you at D'Youville (e.g., human gross anatomy). Since the chemistry major is housed within the department of math and natural sciences, chemistry students are provided all of the graduate school and medical school entrance examination support as well as the utilization of the pre-medical advisory committee in the department.
Course Requirements for the Major:
In the specific areas of concentration:
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This introduction to fundamental chemical principles includes topics such as atomic
structure, bonding and properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. The course
consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.
Three hours of laboratory.
This course is a continuation of Chemistry 101. Topics include chemical equilibria,
kinetics and oxidation reduction systems.
Three hours of laboratory.
This course is a survey of the functional groups germane to organic chemistry. In
particular, emphasis is placed on the physical properties, nomenclature, conformation,
synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes. Additionally, the recognition
of isomers from constitutional stereoisomers such as enantiomers and diastereomers
is also stressed.
This lab emphasizes purification techniques central to organic chemistry such as recrystallization,
distillation (simple and fractional), extraction, chromatography (column and thin
layer), and chemical modification. Also, several syntheses are chosen to illustrate
lecture material such as, but not limited to reactions such as substitution and bond
cleavage. It consists of three hours of lab a week.
This course is a continuation of CHE 219. The physical properties, nomenclature, synthesis
and reactions of aromatic rings, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones. Amines, carboxylic
acids and its derivatives, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, conjugated systems, aromaticity
and enols are studied. The theory and application of a variety of spectroscopic
(infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spec) methods are also covered.
This lab emphasizes the reactions that are covered in lecture such as, but not limited
to, ester synthesis, electrophilic substitution of an aromatic ring, Grignard reagents
and reduction of carbonyl compounds. This lab also places an importance on mastering
spectroscopic methods such as IR and NMR utilizing in-house instrumentation. It
consists of three hours of lab a week.
This one-semester course emphasizes structure/function relationships among the components
responsible for the biochemical functions of life. Topics include proteins, enzymes,
carbohydrates, bioenergetics, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), lipids, membranes,
nucleic acids, biotechnology, biochemical methods, vitamins and nutrition.
This laboratory supports the CHE 303 lecture course. Students required to take CHE
303 are also required to take CHE 303L (except for physician assistant students).
This is the first semester of the introductory course in physical chemistry. Areas
of study include quantum mechanics: history, Bohr atom, Schrödinger Equation, particle
in a box, rigid rotor, simple harmonic Oscillator, hydrogen atom, MO theory; classical
thermodynamics: Gibbs chemical potential, phase equilibria, electrochemistry, irreversible
This is the second semester of the introductory course in physical chemistry. Areas
of study include statistical thermodynamics: Maxwell Boltzmann distribution, partition
function, thermodynamics functions, ideal gas, Einstein solid; spectroscopy: interaction
of light with matter, Einstein coefficients, selection rules, atomic and molecular
spectra, lasers; kinetics: rates, microscopic reversibility, steady state, collision
This is the laboratory course which complements the offering in physical chemistry.
Students perform experiments illustrating the major areas of physical chemistry: quantum
mechanics, classical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, spectroscopy and
This is a first course in analytical chemistry emphasizing the basic concepts and
laboratory techniques underlying quantitative analysis including analysis of quantitative
measurements, simple and complex solution equilibria, volumetric and gravimetric techniques,
electrochemistry, redox and potentiometric titrations, separations, and elementary
This course will examine the basic tenets and applications of modern analytical instrumentation
and their use in determining a wide variety of pertinent analytical data. Topics such
as UV/Vis spectrometric methods, atomic absorption and emission spectrometry, gas
chromatography, mass spectroscopy, luminescence and fluorescence spectrometry, HPLC,
capillary electrophoresis, surface analysis and electrochemistry will be covered.
This is an intermediate course in inorganic chemistry suitable for the junior or senior
level student. The course contains a detailed review of atomic structure and bonding,
as well as a discussion of group and molecular orbital theories. This course also
provides a brief synopsis of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
In other academic areas required for the major:
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This calculus-based course is an introduction to the principles of kinematics and
dynamics as they apply to both translational and rotational motion. Topics include
Newton's laws, forces, friction, gravity, Kepler's laws, dot products and cross products,
potential and kinetic energy, and momentum. Considerable attention is paid to the
intellectual history that accompanied the emergence of the Newtonian world view.
This course is a continuation of PHY 101. The course covers statics, fluids, oscillations,
sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and geometric optics.
This course is a physics laboratory to accompany PHY 103. The course includes experiments
in mechanics and oscillatory motion.
Basic theory of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals are taught.
Some emphasis is placed on the structure of the real number system.
The course explores the basic techniques for integration as well as elementary transcendental
functions and the applications of differential and integral calculus.
The subject matter includes multivariate calculus, infinite series, differential equations
and matrix algebra.
Core Humanities and social science: 36
Chemistry courses: 42
Additional mathematics and natural science courses: 23
Total free electives (includes nine from the core): 21
Students within the department must maintain a minimum of 2.0 G.P.A. in courses taken at D'Youville in coursework required for their major. Students who fail to earn this G.P.A. will be placed on probation in the major. Probation may continue for a maximum of three consecutive semesters or a total of four nonconsecutive semesters. Students who exceed these limits will be dismissed from the major. Students may appeal these decisions on academic status by submitting, in writing to the department chairperson, reasons why exceptional consideration may be justified.
Admission into the B.S. in chemistry program requires a minimum SAT score of 1000 (or ACT of 21), a high school average of 85 percent and a rank in the top 50 percent of one's class. Transfer students are required to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.
Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is committed to creating a nurturing environment that supports student learning and research.
The faculty members are experts in their field and disseminate that knowledge to students and colleagues alike. The department aims to offer a rigorous and modern curriculum for chemistry majors and minors. Consistent with the mission of D’Youville College, we seek to train leaders both inside and outside of the laboratory.
We prepare chemistry majors with the skills needed to be successful professionally as scientists and educators, or in post-baccalaureate studies. We also serve the campus community by offering introductory science courses that meet liberal arts requirements as well as chemistry courses required for professional degrees at D’Youville.
The department offers classroom, laboratory and research experiences that extend over each of the main areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, biochemistry and physical chemistry). Our faculty members are mentors to undergraduate students partaking in research. They work directly and alongside the students during the research experience. Through hands-on experimentation in the chemistry laboratories, students gain valuable experience in a specific area of chemistry. They will have opportunities to present their research at local and national conferences and symposia, engaging fellow students and researchers from across the D’Youville College community to across the nation.