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Chemistry (BS), 4-Year

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Discover the building blocks for a rewarding career in science with a BS in Chemistry from D’Youville.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Whether your goal is to enter the workforce as a chemist or pursue graduate studies to become a university professor, researcher or high school teacher, chemistry is an increasingly desirable background for a wide variety of careers.

As a chemistry major at D’Youville, you’ll study foundational chemistry including inorganic, analytical, physical, organic, and biochemistry. You’ll add to your knowledge base with electives taught by professors with a passion for teaching and conducting research. If you’re interested in expanding your expertise and experience by conducting research, you can work alongside D’Youville professors under their direct mentorship.

Our faculty’s guidance and experience, in combination with your passion can lead you to virtually unlimited career opportunities. A BS in chemistry from D’Youville combines practical hands-on experience with a high-quality education grounded in the liberal arts, a combination many employers look for when hiring new graduates

What You'll Learn

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.

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.

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.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Flexible major requirements. That means we help you customize a curriculum to highlight your specific interests — it’s YOUR education.
  • If you choose to apply to graduate school, you’ll benefit from the guidance and mentoring of a pre-professional advisory committee. Graduates of our BS in chemistry have gone on to earn their master’s or doctorates at some of the best schools in the country.
  • Gain experience with modern instrumentation in spacious labs in newly built School of Arts, Sciences and Education building. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovative faculty — each with a PhD in their field — are constantly refining and expanding their course offerings, with students needs in mind. All classes at D'Youville are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants like at other schools.
  • Starting in your sophomore year you’ll have opportunities to conduct supervised research.
  • Acclimate to the professional world, with opportunities to attend — or even present at  national and international meetings and conferences.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Curriculum

Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

General Education Requirements 30
Chemistry courses 42
Additional mathematics and natural science courses 23
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 27
Total Credits 122

In the Specific Areas of Concentration

CHE-101 General Chemistry I 3
CHE-101L General Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE-102 General Chemistry II 3
CHE-102L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHE-219 Organic Chemistry 3
CHE-219L Organic Chemistry Lab 1
CHE-220 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE-220L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
CHE-303 Biochemistry 3
CHE-303L Biochemistry Laboratory 1
CHE-311 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHE-311L Physical Chemistry I Lab 1
CHE-312 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHE-312L Physical Chemistry II Lab 1
CHE-331 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHE-332 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE-401 Inorganic Chemistry 3
Select one of the following electives: 3
CHE-351
Medicinal Chemistry  
CHE-412
Spectroscopy  
CHE-421
Survey of Organometallic Chemistry  
Total Credits 42

In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major

PHY-101 General Physics I 3
PHY-101L Gen Physics Lab I 1
PHY-102 General Physics 3
PHY-102L Gen Physics Lab II 1
MAT-125 Calculus I 4
MAT-126 Calculus II 4
MAT-202 Calculus III 4
Select one elective from the following: 3
CSC-110
Computers and Computing  
CSC-120
Computers & Electronic Health Records  
CSC-151
Introduction to Programming I  
CSC-389
Special Topics  
Total Credits 23

Careers

Careers

With a Chemistry BS from D’Youville, you’ll go far. Your core understanding of how the world is made, and how it works, prepares you for the job market or for further study. Chemistry graduates may opt for graduate study in fields like engineering, medical, law or pharmaceutical sciences to name just a few, in addition to straight chemistry.

Enter the workforce with a bachelor's degree

Entering the work force directly creates practically endless opportunities. You may want to teach, or to work for the government. And certainly industrial options are many. You could choose to specialize specifically in chemicals, or energy/environment, materials, or consumer or agricultural products. You’ll find chemists in many unexpected industries such as toys, food, make-up, breweries, and perfume again, to name just a few. Laboratory work is another great building block for those who have completed a chemistry undergraduate degree.

Careers for Chemists

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)
  • Business

Graduate and doctoral degrees

While many of our graduates go into industry, others enter advanced academic programs in order to pursue careers in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. These students typically pursue post-professional degrees such as doctor of science (DSc), doctor of education (EdD), or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. If you choose to pursue this path you can rest assured that the rigorous academic, research, and clinical work you’ll complete in our chemistry undergraduate program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.



Learn more about getting a job in chemistry on the American Chemistry Society's website

Internships

Internships

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 the 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:

Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

Chemistry majors can find employment in a variety of careers and industries. Many of our graduates continue their academic studies after they earn their bachelor's degree in chemistry. Some even conduct research as PhD candidates in doctoral programs around the country. 

Our graduates can be found all over the world, including:

  • Derek Schall '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a PhD at the University of Vermont. 
  • Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a PhD at Emory University.
  • Daniel Snyder II '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a PhD at the University of Utah.
  • Sean Carney '09 is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Kent State.
  • Zack Wintrob '09 is pursuing a PhD 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 PhD in Organic Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo in 2007.
  • Matt Strom '02 currently at the Naval Research Lab.

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