Chemistry

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry offers BA and BS degrees in chemistry, both of which are liberal arts degrees. The BS degree is generally recognized as preparation for a career in chemistry at the bachelor’s level and hence offers a greater concentration in the field, whereas the BA program provides a greater flexibility in designing a plan of study. Both degrees provide a background in chemistry for graduate and professional study. The department also offers degrees with emphases in materials chemistry and in biological chemistry, an ACS certified BS degree and a chemistry minor.

A GPA of 2.0 or better is the necessary average of all courses used to satisfy the requirements of a chemistry major. A grade of C- or better is necessary for a chemistry course to satisfy the requirements of a chemistry major.

Among courses used for the chemistry degree, no more than two with a grade of P may be included. However, CHEM 221, 231, 341, 351/361 are foundation courses that cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.

CHEM 391, Teaching Practicum, does not count toward the chemistry major or minor courses.

No more than 12 credits of CHEM 397 and 497/498 may be used to satisfy the major, and no more than four credits of CHEM 397 may be used to satisfy the major.

AP and IB Credit: Binghamton University recognizes good performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in chemistry. For a score of 5 on the AP exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the IB exam, the University awards 8 credits of CHEM 107 and 108. For a score of 4 on AP, or 5 on IB, the University awards 4 credits of CHEM 107 or 111, and for a score of 3 on AP, or 4 on IB, the University awards 4 credits of CHEM 101, which can be counted towards the number of credits for graduation, but does not fulfill major requirements.

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Harpur College Requirements

Harpur College students must complete the following requirements in addition to those listed for the major:

  • 126 credits
  • 90 liberal arts and sciences credits
  • Minimum of 46 upper-level credits
  • Completion of the Harpur College writing requirement (4 to 5 courses as described in the All-College Writing section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin. Maximum of one C/J course and two W courses may be transferred).
  • Minimum of 44 credits in residence in Harpur College
  • 2.0 or higher GPA

Harpur College requirements are described in detail in the Requirements for Graduation section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin.

Note: The following course is required for the chemistry major: MATH 224. If students do not place into MATH 224, then MATH 223 and, if needed, MATH 108 are also required for completion of the major.  

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BA Degree Program

The major in chemistry leading to the BA degree requires the following courses: CHEM 111,* 221, 231, 332, 341, 351 or 361, 496; MATH 224/225 and 226/227; PHYS 131 (or 121) and 132 (or 122); one and one-half additional courses** from among CHEM 335, 422, 445, 455 and 497/498; two additional courses in chemistry; one additional course* within the Division of Science and Mathematics.

BA students must take CHEM 496 and at least six other chemistry courses in the major, including at least four upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

* CHEM 107-108 may be substituted for CHEM 111. If this substitution is made, the additional course in the Division of Science and Mathematics is not required.

** Subject to approval of the department, laboratory courses from other departments may be substituted.

The following sample sequences are offered as a general guide.

These requirements afford students considerable flexibility in designing courses of study suited to their particular needs and interests. To take full advantage of that flexibility, it is important to carefully plan the sequence of courses in the first two years of study. The student is required to seek early advice from a faculty member when declaring a chemistry major.

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Sequence with CHEM 111

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221**
  PHYS 131* PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM elective
  CHEM 351 or 361 CHEM elective
Senior    
  CHEM 496 CHEM elective
  CHEM elective Science elective
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Sequence with CHEM 107-108

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 107 CHEM 108
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 231 CHEM 221**
  PHYS 131* CHEM 332
    PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM elective
  CHEM 351 or 361 CHEM elective
Senior    
  CHEM 496 CHEM elective
  CHEM elective  

* Physics with calculus (PHYS 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required. As an alternative, students may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 121 and 122).

** Pre-health students may prefer to defer CHEM 221 to the junior year.

These sequences allow the student to explore the various upper-division chemistry course offerings in the junior and senior years.

It is possible to begin specialization within the major early, by choosing a group of electives concentrated on one particular area of chemistry, such as organic, analytical, inorganic or physical chemistry. Students may also design a program interdisciplinary in nature, by choosing complementary electives in other disciplines such as biology, geology or physics. Especially in the case of tailored programs, students should obtain advice from Chemistry Department faculty as early as possible in their careers.

For those students desiring a broad background in chemistry, the following general track of chemistry electives is suggested:

  • CHEM 335
  • CHEM 422
  • CHEM 442, 443, 444, 445 or 484
  • CHEM 451 or 455
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BS Degree Program

The major in chemistry leading to the BS degree requires the following courses: CHEM 111,* 221, 231, 332, 335, 341, 351, 422, 451, 455, 496, one course among CHEM 442, 443, 444, 445, 484; MATH 224/225, 226/227, PHYS 131 (or 121) and 132 (or 122); and four courses in the Division of Science and Mathematics, or professionally-related courses. Students should petition the Chemistry Department’s undergraduate program committee for professionally-related courses not in the Division of Science and Mathematics to count toward the chemistry BS major.

BS students must take CHEM 496 and at least seven other chemistry courses in the major, including at least five upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

* CHEM 107-108 may be substituted for CHEM 111 in the Chemistry BS degree.

The following sample sequences are offered as a general guide.

These courses provide the student with a broader and more intense course of study than that obtained with the BA degree.

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Sequence with CHEM 111

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221
  CHEM 335 Science elective
  PHYS 131* PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 351 Inorganic II**
  CHEM 422 CHEM 455
Senior    
  CHEM 496 Science elective
  Science elective Science elective
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Sequence with CHEM 107-108

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 107 CHEM 108
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 231 CHEM 221
  PHYS 131* CHEM 332
    CHEM 335
    PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 351 Inorganic II**
  CHEM 422 CHEM 455
Senior    
  CHEM 496 Science elective
  Science elective Science elective
  Science elective  

* Physics with calculus (PHYS 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required. As an alternative, students may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 121 and 122).

** Inorganic II may be CHEM 442, 443, 444, 445 or 484.

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Chemistry BS ACS Certified

The major in chemistry leading to the ACS certified BS degree requires the following courses: CHEM 111,* 221, 231, 332, 335, 341, 351, 422; MATH 224/225, 226/227, PHYS 131 (or 121) and 132 (or 122); BIOL 113; BCHM 403; one course from among CHEM 442, 443, 444, 484; CHEM 455 and CHEM 496; and two credits from courses in the Division of Science and Mathematics, or professionally-related courses; CHEM 445 or two credits of Advanced Independent Study (CHEM 497 or 498) involving laboratory work in inorganic chemistry and at least two additional credits of independent study (CHEM 397, 497 or 498) involving laboratory work. If CHEM 107-108 rather than CHEM 111 is taken, the two additional credits of laboratory work are not required, and four additional credits in the Division of Science and Mathematics, rather than two, are required. Students should petition the Chemistry Department’s undergraduate program committee for professionally-related courses not in the Division of Science and Mathematics to count toward the chemistry BS major.

BS students must take CHEM 496 and at least seven other chemistry courses in the major, including at least five upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

* CHEM 107-108 may be substituted for CHEM 111 in any program.

The following sample sequences are offered as a general guide.

These courses provide the student with a broader and more intense course of study than that obtained with the BA degree.

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Sequence with CHEM 111

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221
  PHYS 131* CHEM 335
  BIOL 113 PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 351 CHEM 455
  CHEM 422 BCHM 403
Senior    
  CHEM 496 Lab elective II
  Lab elective I Science elective
  Inorganic II**   
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Sequence with CHEM 107-108

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 107 CHEM 108
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 231 CHEM 221
  PHYS 131* CHEM 332
  BIOL 113 CHEM 335
    PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 351 CHEM 455
  CHEM 422 BCHM 403
Senior    
  CHEM 496 Science elective
  Inorganic II** Lab elective II

* Physics with calculus (Phys 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required. As an alternative, students may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 121 and 122).

** Inorganic II may be CHEM 442, 443, 444 or 484.

The science elective can be any course of at least two credits within the Division of Science and Mathematics (e.g., BIOL 114, PSYC 111, MATH 323 or chemistry elective).

Lab elective I is two credits of laboratory work.

Lab elective II can be either CHEM 445, or two credits of CHEM 497 or 498 involving inorganic chemistry and two credits of CHEM 397, 497 or 498.

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BS Program with Emphasis in Biological Chemistry

The major in chemistry leading to the BS degree with emphasis in biological chemistry requires the following courses: CHEM 111,* 221, 231, 332, 335, 341, 361, 422, 451; MATH 224/225, 226/227, PHYS 131 (or 121) and 132 (or 122); BIOL 113 and 115, BCHM 403; one course from among CHEM 442, 443, 444, 445, 484; one chemistry course from among CHEM 434, 485K or other biologically-related chemistry courses; CHEM 455 and CHEM 496; and one course in the Division of Science and Mathematics, or professionally-related courses. Students should petition the Chemistry Department’s undergraduate program committee for professionally-related courses not in the Division of Science and Mathematics to count toward the chemistry BS major.

BS students must take CHEM 496 and at least seven other chemistry courses in the major, including at least five upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

* CHEM 107-108 may be substituted for CHEM 111 in any program.

The following sample sequences are offered as a general guide.

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Sequence with CHEM 111

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221
  PHYS 131* CHEM 335
  BIOL 113 and 115 PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 361 CHEM 455
  CHEM 422 BCHM 403
Senior    
  CHEM 496 CHEM elective
  Inorganic II** Science elective
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Sequence with CHEM 107-108

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 107 CHEM 108
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 231 CHEM 221
  PHYS 131* CHEM 332
  BIOL 113 and 115 CHEM 335
    PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 341 CHEM 451
  CHEM 361 CHEM 455
  CHEM 422 BCHM 403
Senior    
  CHEM 496 CHEM elective
  Inorganic II** Science elective
     

* Physics with calculus (PHYS 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required. As an alternative, students may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 121 and 122).

** Inorganic II may be CHEM 442, 443, 444, 445 or 484.

The science elective can be any course within the Division of Science and Mathematics (e.g., BIOL 114, PSYC 111, MATH 323 or chemistry elective).

CHEM elective to be selected from a list of biologically-related chemistry including CHEM 434 and CHEM 485K.

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BS Program with Emphasis in Materials

The major in chemistry with emphasis in materials leading to the BS degree requires the following courses: CHEM 111 (or 107/108), 221, 231, 332, 335, 341, 351, 422, 444, 455, 496; MATH 224/225, 226/227; PHYS 131 (or 121) and 132 (or 122); one course in the Division of Science and Mathematics; CHEM 451; one course from CHEM 445, 497/498 or other materials laboratory course; and two materials course electives at any level.

BS students must take CHEM 496 and at least seven other chemistry courses in the major, including at least five upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

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Sample Course Sequence for BS Degree with Emphasis in Materials Chemistry

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221
  CHEM 335 Science elective
  PHYS 131* PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 351 CHEM 451
  CHEM 341 CHEM 444
  CHEM 422 Materials lab**
Senior    
  CHEM 496 CHEM455
  Materials elective Materials elective

* Physics with calculus (PHYS 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required. As an alternative, students may take non-calculus-based physics (PHYS 121 and 122).

** Materials laboratory can be CHEM 445 or CHEM 497/498.

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Chemistry Minor

Requirements for the minor are:

  • CHEM 107 and 108
  • Four CHEM courses numbered 200 or above (16 credits). At least two of these courses must be numbered 300 or above
No more than two credits of CHEM 397, 497 or 498 may be used to satisfy the minor. CHEM 391 cannot be used to satisfy the chemistry minor. Chemistry minor students must take four chemistry courses (16 credits) in the minor with at least two upper-level chemistry courses, while in residence at Binghamton University.

CHEM 111 may be substituted for CHEM 107-108. If this substitution is made, an additional chemistry course numbered 200 or above is required. Only courses that fulfill the chemistry major requirements may be used to fulfill the chemistry minor requirements. Keep in mind that the four chemistry courses numbered 200 or above must be different from the chemistry courses used to fulfill a student’s major requirement. Among the courses for the chemistry minor, no more than one with a grade of Pass may be included.

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Honors Program

Graduation with honors in chemistry is granted for superior independent work. To qualify for admission to the honors program, a student must have demonstrated academic accomplishment of high quality and must have had prior enrollment in CHEM 497. Advanced Independent Study, and current enrollment in CHEM 498. Advanced Independent Research—Honors. The results of the honors project, presented in a thesis, are defended before an examining committee. Successful completion of the program earns the recognition of distinguished independent work in chemistry. Detailed guidelines for the program are available from the department office and should be consulted by majors in their junior year.

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4+1 BS-MS Materials Science and Engineering Program

The 4+1 degree program leading to a BS in chemistry and an MS in materials science and engineering in five years gives all students a strong research background combined with a strong foundation in chemistry and materials science. It requires completion of all components of the BS in chemistry with emphasis in materials. Participation in three semesters of laboratory/research work from 397, 445, 497 or 598 must be included within the existing BS requirements. In order to complete the five-year option, students are also required to complete all requirements of the MS degree in materials science and engineering, including a thesis. Twelve credits taken in the fourth year at the graduate level may be applied to both degree programs. Students in the 4+1 degree program receive the BS degree after completing their undergraduate requirements.

Students are admitted to the 4+1 degree program at any time up to the beginning of their senior year. Admission to the 4+1 degree program is limited to students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in both the major and overall. Students will need to maintain this GPA to stay in the program. In order for students to complete this program within five years, three of the courses required for the BS in chemistry (with materials emphasis) are replaced by the more rigorous graduate course equivalents — e.g., CHEM 411, 444 and 498 by 511, 544 and 598 — and count toward both degree requirements.

Undergraduate credits: 126. Double count credits: 12. Graduate credits: 30.

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Sample Course Sequence for BS Degree with Emphasis in Materials Chemistry in 4+1 BS-MS in Material Science and Engineering Program

  Fall Spring
Freshman    
  CHEM 111 CHEM 231
  MATH 224/225 MATH 226/227
Sophomore    
  CHEM 332 CHEM 221
  CHEM 335 Materials elective
  PHYS 131* PHYS 132*
Junior    
  CHEM 351 CHEM 451
  CHEM 341 CHEM 444
  CHEM 422 CHEM 455
Senior    
  CHEM 496 Materials elective
  Materials elective CHEM 397/497 Materials Research**
  CHEM 397/497 Materials Research**  

* Physics with calculus (PHYS 131 and 132) is strongly recommended but not required (PHYS 121 and 122 can be taken instead).

** Required for five-year BS Chemistry/MS Materials Science and Engineering Program.

CHEM 107 and 108 may be substituted for CHEM 111.

The materials electives can be any materials-related course within the Division of Science and Mathematics or the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Additionally, all college elective courses would be taken to complete a full course load.

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4+1 BA/BS - MA/MS Chemistry

Students have the opportunity to complete both the BA/BS and MA/MS in chemistry in five years. Interested students should see their advisor early in the junior year to discuss requirements. Undergraduate credits: 126. Double count credits: 8. Graduate credits: 32.

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4+1 BA/BS - MBA Program

Students have the opportunity to complete either the BA or BS in chemistry and a master's of business administration (MBA) in five years.  Students should see their school advising office for questions regarding the curriculum for the undergraduate degree and the School of Management graduate advising office for questions regarding the MBA program.  Undergraduate credits: 126. Double count credits: 26. Graduate credits: 57.

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Pharmacy Pathway BA Chemistry-PharmD Program

Students have the opportunity to complete both the BA in Chemistry and a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) in seven years. Students should see the Harpur College Academic Advising Office for questions regarding the curriculum for the undergraduate degree and prerequisites for pharmacy, and a chemistry faculty advisor for biology major requirements. See the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for questions regarding the Pharmacy program. Undergraduate credits: 126. Double count credits: 28. Graduate credits: 161.