2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

Program Coordinator: Tiffany L. Hesser, Ed.D.

The B.S. in Chemistry program includes most of the courses recommended by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and provides a rigorous background well-suited to those students who will pursue graduate studies in chemistry. The program is also highly recommended for premedical students. The program contains six technical electives. By careful selection of courses, these electives allow the student to develop a cluster in a related field such as biotechnology, biochemistry, computer science, environmental studies, or an engineering field.

The minor in chemistry provides a useful background for students majoring in other areas. Majors in biology, forensic science, engineering or other areas may organize their degree path to complete a minimum of 15 credits in the following courses: Organic Chemistry II, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Synthetic Methods, Advanced Organic or Inorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Physical Chemistry I and II. For specific information concerning a minor in chemistry, please consult with the program coordinator.

Required Courses

Students majoring in chemistry must complete the following courses for a total of 121 or 122 (for ACS certified degree) credits:

Junior Year

Senior Year

Accelerated Graduate Programs for B.S. Chemistry

Qualified students in the B.S. Chemistry program have the opportunity to gain early acceptance into the M.S. programs at the University of New Haven. The accelerated programs allow students to take several graduate courses during their senior year and thus complete the M.S. program with one additional year of full-time study. The Master of Science in chemistry prepares students for industry job positions and for continuing education in chemistry. This program will equip students with a unique integrative approach in advanced chemistry study, i.e., combining theoretical, computational, and experimental chemistry methods, for the purpose of attacking important chemistry challenges such as molecular drug discovery, polymer materials design, catalyst design, and chemical analysis for sustainable environment. Students will apply their chemistry knowledge and skills through engaging in research projects, graduate thesis, or research-based internships, under the guidance of research mentors. Graduates of the program may pursue career paths as scientists in the chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, materials, biomedical, environmental, computational analysis, and data science industries, and as researchers in academic institutions and government laboratories.

B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Chemistry

To qualify for the accelerated program, students must:

  • apply for admission no later than two semesters prior to the anticipated fulfillment of the B.S. Engineering degree requirements
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application to the accelerated program
  • obtain approvals from the undergraduate and graduate program coordinator
  • earn a minimum grade of B- in any overlapping graduate courses taken during the senior year for them to be applied to both programs

Direct Entry B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Chemistry

The direct entry, combined B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Chemistry degree program allows students direct entry into the graduate program upon completion of the undergraduate degree. Students work with their advisor to choose appropriate chemistry courses for undergraduate requirements and, in their senior year, begin working with a graduate advisor on the master’s degree requirements. Direct entry students do not have to apply for admission through the graduate school as long as they maintain the cumulative 3.0 GPA requirement throughout their undergraduate coursework. Students graduate with a B.S. in Chemistry at the end of the fourth year and take the remaining graduate-level courses in the fifth year to complete the M.S. in Chemistry.