Back To Top

Chemistry B.S.

Student wearing protective gear while working on an experiment.

Chemistry, B.S.



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.

B.S. Program

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

Degree: B.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 101

General Chemistry I

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.

Prequisites: High school chemistry or CPC-022 or 3 years of high school mathematics or MAT-117 or MAT-122, CHE-101L

CHE 101L

General Chemistry Laboratory

Three hours of laboratory.

Prequisites: CHE-101

CHE 102

General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 101. Topics include chemical equilibria, kinetics and oxidation reduction systems.

Prequisites: CHE-101,CHE-101L, CHE-102L

CHE 102L

General Chemistry Laboratory II

Three hours of laboratory.

Prequisites: CHE-102

CHE 219

Organic Chemistry

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.

Prequisites: CHE-101, CHE-101L, CHE-102, CHE-102L, CHE-219L

CHE 219L

Organic Chemistry Lab

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.

Prequisites: CHE-219

CHE 220

Organic Chemistry II

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.

Prequisites: CHE-219 CHE-219L, CHE-220L

CHE 220L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

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.

Prequisites: CHE-220

CHE 303


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.

Prequisites: (CHE-219 CHE-219L BIO-101 BIO-101L BIO-102 BIO-102L)or (CHE-219 CHE-219L BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or(CHE-219 CHE-219L CHE-220 CHE-220L), CHE-303L

CHE 303L

Biochemistry Laboratory

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).

Prequisites: CHE-303

CHE 311

Physical Chemistry I

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 processes.

Prequisites: 1 group; # CHE-102 CHE-102L MAT-125 MAT-126PHY-101 PHY-101L PHY-102 PHY-102L # CHE-102 CHE-102LMAT-125 MAT-126 PHY-111 PHY-111L PHY-112 PHY-112L, MAT-202

CHE 312

Physical Chemistry II

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 theory.

Prequisites: CHE-311

CHE 313L

Physical Chem Lab

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 chemical kinetics

Prequisites: CHE-311, CHE-312

CHE 331

Analytical Chemistry

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 photometric techniques.

Prequisites: CHE-219 CHE-219L, MAT-122 or MAT-125

CHE 332

Instrumental Analysis

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.

Prequisites: CHE-220 CHE-220L CHE-331

CHE 401

Inorganic Chemistry

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.

Prequisites: CHE-220 CHE-220L


One Elective from CHE 421 or CHE 412

Choose one elective from CHE 421 or CHE 412

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHY 101

General Physics I

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.

Prequisites: Mat-125, Phy-101L

PHY 101L

Gen Physics Lab I

Prequisites: None

PHY 102

General Physics

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.

Prequisites: Phy-101, Mat-126, Phy-102L

PHY 102L

Gen Physics Lab II

This course is a physics laboratory to accompany PHY 103. The course includes experiments in mechanics and oscillatory motion.

Prequisites: None

MAT 125

Calculus I

Basic theory of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals are taught. Some emphasis is placed on the structure of the real number system.

Prequisites: MAT-122 or have an SAT Math Sub-score 600+ or ACT 26+.

MAT 126

Calculus II

The course explores the basic techniques for integration as well as elementary transcendental functions and the applications of differential and integral calculus.

Prequisites: MAT-125

MAT 202

Calculus III

The subject matter includes multivariate calculus, infinite series, differential equations and matrix algebra.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: MAT-126


One Elective from CSC 110, CSC 120, CSC 151, or CSC 389-90

Choose one elective from CSC 110, CSC 120CSC 151, or CSC 389-90

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
Total: 122


Program Requirements

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 Requirements

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.