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Program of Study

Syracuse University offers four undergraduate degrees in chemistry; two Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree,  two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees, and a Minor degree in Chemistry. Syracuse University also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Choose from the links below for the requirements for each degree.

Chemistry

Biochemistry

AP Credit

AP credit available - see a chemistry advisor for details



The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry is an intensive and comprehensive undergraduate program having course work, laboratory experience and research requirements designed to prepare students for advanced degrees in chemistry and other sciences and for careers in the health related professions. Students completing the American Chemical Society approved degree program have employment opportunities in industrial and government laboratories working in the environmental, pharmaceutical, forensic and biotechnology areas.

Degree Requirements

At least 45 credits in chemistry are required for the B.S. degree. Each student's course of study should include the following:


  1. CHE 106, 116 or CHE 109, 119; CHE 107, 117 or CHE 129, 139; CHE 275, 276, 325, 326, 346, 347, 356, 357, 411, 422, 450 (at least 3 credits); CHE 335 or CHE/FSC 444, BCM 475.
  2. At least 3 credits in a lecture course chosen from CHE 427, 436, 546, 575 or selected graduate courses with the instructor's approval.
  3. One year of calculus (MAT 295, 296) and PHY 211, 212, 221, 222.

If taken in an appropriate area of research, additional credit in CHE 450 beyond the 3 credits required in (1) above may be substituted for up to 4 laboratory credits with the department's approval.

Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP chemistry exam will receive credit for CHE 106/116 and CHE 107/117 (8 credits)*

*Pre-medical students should consult with Health Professions Advising before accepting AP chemistry credit.

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The B.S. Degree in Chemistry-Medicinal Chemistry Track incorporates principles of chemistry and the biological sciences to help students develop an understanding of the design, synthesis, evaluation and optimization of pharmaceutically relevant small molecules and biologics. The program provides a strong background for employment in industry and government laboratories and preparation for admittance to graduate school in related areas, including professional schools in the health sciences or medical school.       

Degree Requirements

At least 37 credits in chemistry are required for the B.S. degree with the Medicinal Chemistry Track. . Each student’s course of study should include the following:

            1.         At least 37 credits in Chemistry: CHE 106, 116 or CHE 109, 119; CHE 107, 117 or CHE 129, 139; CHE 275, 276, 325, 326; CHE 335, CHE 412, CHE 414, CHE 427, CHE 450 (at least 3 credits), CHE 474.

            2.         At least 7 credits in biology: BIO 121, 305.

            3.         At least 3 credits in elective courses selected from: CHE 346, 356, 411, 425, 477, 546, 575; BCM 475, 476, 484; BEN 433; BIO 409, 422, 447, 462, 463, 464, 465, 501; FSC 453.

            4.         One year of calculus: MAT 285, 286 or MAT 295, 296; PHY 211, 212, 221, 222.

 

If taken in an appropriate area of research, additional credit in CHE 450 beyond the 3 credits required in (1) above may be substituted for up to 4 laboratory credits with the department's approval.

 Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP chemistry exam will receive credit for CHE 106/116 and CHE 107/117 (8 credits)*
 

*Pre-medical students should consult with Health Professions Advising before accepting AP chemistry credit.

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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry-Chemistry Track addresses general, organic and physical chemistry with reduced emphasis on laboratory research. The degree, which allows flexibility for choosing courses outside of chemistry, is designed for students planning employment as: patent lawyers, technical librarians, technical sales personnel and other non-chemistry intensive positions.

Degree Requirements

Requirements include 36 credits in chemistry core courses, 32 of which are taken in specific courses. Each student's course of study includes the following:


  1. CHE 106, 116 or CHE 109, 119; CHE 107, 117 or CHE 129, 139; CHE 275, 276, 325, 326, 346, 347, 356, 357; and CHE 335 or CHE/FSC 444.
  2. At least 4 credits chosen from CHE 411, 422, 427, 436, 467, 546, 575 or selected graduate courses with the instructor's approval.
  3. One year of calculus (MAT 285, 286 or MAT 295, 296) and PHY 211, 212, 221, 222.

Students are encouraged to gain some research experience by enrolling in CHE 450, which may be substituted for a 3-credit course listed in (2) above by petitioning the department.

Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP chemistry exam will receive credit for CHE 106/116 and CHE 107/117 (8 credits)*
*Pre-medical students should consult with Health Professions Advising before accepting AP chemistry credit.

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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry-Biological Chemistry Track is designed to give students a basic understanding of the role of chemistry in biology. In addition to covering general and organic chemistry, the program emphasizes descriptive and physical biochemistry, biochemistry laboratory and addresses bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry through electives. The program is designed to train the student for entry level positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Degree Requirements

Requirements include 21 credits from chemistry core courses, 6 credits from the list, (2) below, of approved biology/biochemistry core courses, and 9 additional credits from an approved list for a total of 36 required credits. Each student's course of study must include the following:


  1. CHE 106, 116 or CHE 109, 119; CHE 107, 117 or 129, 139; CHE 275, 276, 325, 326, 474.
  2. BIO 475 or CHE 477/BCM 477 and BCM 475.
  3. At least 9 credits chosen from CHE 335, 411, 412, 422, 427, 436, 467, 546, 575, CHE/FSC 444 orselected graduate courses with the instructor's approval.
  4. One year of calculus (MAT 285, 286 or MAT 295, 296) and PHY 211, 212, 221, 222.

Students are strongly encouraged to take BIO 326 and BIO 327 Genetics and Cell Biology. Students are also encouraged to take BIO 465 Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Students may also gain some research experience by enrolling in CHE 450, which may be substituted for a 3-credit course listed in (3) above, by petitioning the department.

Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP chemistry exam will receive credit for CHE 106/116 and CHE 107/117 (8 credits)*
*Pre-medical students should consult with Health Professions Advising before accepting AP chemistry credit.


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The minor in chemistry is offered to provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular levels. Increasingly, the control of matter at the level of individual molecules is becoming the key ingredient in sweeping technological advances such as genetic engineering, micro and molecular electronics, advanced materials and nanotechnology. A minor in chemistry offers a strong complement to major areas of study such as biology, physics, geology, psychology, engineering, pre-medicine and pre-professional degree programs. 

Degree Requirements

To complete a minor in chemistry, students take 20 credits carrying a CHE or BCM prefix, including courses that meet requirements A and B below. No part of the minor requirements may be met with transfer or AP credits, nor with independently study (CHE 290, 490), research (CHE 450, BCM 460), or experience credits (CHE 470).

A. Lower-division courses must include either of the following groups: CHE 106/109, 107/129, 116/119, 117/139 (8 credits); or CHE 275/276 (5 credits).

B. Upper-division courses must include 12 credits of CHE and BCM courses numbered above 299, including at least one lecture course from among the group CHE 325, CHE 346, CHE 411; and at least one course with an instructional laboratory component. Examples of courses that satisfy the instructional laboratory requirement, and that mesh well with other requirements of the minor, are:

CHE 326  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 335  Chemical and Biochemical Analysis with Lab
CHE 347  Physical-Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 422  Inorganic Laboratory Techniques
CHE 477/BCM 477  Preparation and Analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

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