Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A major in Chemistry leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree prepares students for industry, graduate school or professional school (including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine). This is achieved through a broad-based education that includes exposure to major areas of chemistry including analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical. In both the classroom setting and in the laboratory, students will interact directly with our faculty, taking advantage of our small student to faculty ratio. Students interested in earning a teaching certificate in secondary education in Chemistry may follow the approved sequence leading to initial teacher certification offered by our Education Programs Department. The B.S. in chemistry is the best choice for a major for those planning to teach chemistry at the secondary level. Students interested in teaching science at the middle school level need a variety of science courses, including chemistry. Please contact our Education Programs Department for additional information.

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Science at Albertus

The sciences here at Albertus go back to the early days of our history. In 1927 Marcella O’Grady Boveri arrived at this fledgling college to establish a department of science. Her background was amazing for a woman of her time: she was, in 1885, the first woman to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in biology; she studied comparative zoology and embryology at Bryn Mawr; and by 1893 she had become a full professor at Vassar. Three years later, she was admitted to study science at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, the first woman ever granted acceptance to the science program there. At Wurzburg, she studied with Theodor Boveri, director of the Zoological–Zootomical Institute and one of the world’s first cancer researchers. They married in 1897 and worked together on the chromosome theory of cancer until his death in 1915.

Marcella Boveri remained in Germany until 1926 when she returned to the United States for what was supposed to be just a brief visit: however, fortuitously for Albertus, she learned from a friend who was married to a former Yale University dean that the new liberal arts college in New Haven was looking for a woman of distinction to create and run its science department. When her contacts at Yale assured her that the resources of its Osborn Zoological Laboratory and Yale libraries would be available to her, she accepted the offer from Albertus. Marcella Boveri remained at Albertus until she retired in 1943; she died in October 1950.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Chemistry Engineering

Chemical Health and Safety

Water Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry

Chemical Information Management Specialist


Program Of Study (32 Credits)

Chemistry Courses

CH 121 General Chemistry I

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 122 General Chemistry II

CH 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

CH 221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

CH 222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 241 Analytical Chemistry I

CH 241L Analytical Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 242 Analytical Chemistry II

CH 242L Analytical Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 321 Physical Chemistry I (with Laboratory)

CH 322 Physical Chemistry II (with Laboratory)

Chemistry Minor (24 credits)

Students wishing to complete a minor in Chemistry are required to take: CH 121, CH 121L, CH 122, CH 122L CH 221, CH 221L, CH 222, CH 222L Any two additional 200-300 level chemistry courses

Required Correlatives: (21 credits)

MA 121 Calculus I

MA 122 Calculus II

SC 131 General Physics I

SC 131L General Physics I Laboratory

SC 132 General Physics II

SC 132L General Physics II Laboratory

SC 302 Internship/Practica

SC 351 Senior Science Seminar I

SC 352 Senior Science Seminar II

Additional electives may be selected from Biology or Chemistry courses.