2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

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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 enter the workforce upon graduation or pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  The program contains four free electives and three 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 chemistry program also offers two concentrations: one in medicinal chemistry and one in computational chemistry. The concentration in medicinal chemistry is highly recommended for premedical students.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply chemical theory and knowledge to the study of chemical systems.
  2. Design and safely conduct experiments utilizing modern techniques and instrumentation and to analyze and evaluate experimental results.
  3. Effectively communicate both their knowledge of chemistry and experimental results orally and in writing.
  4. Effectively utilize the print and on-line chemical literature for information retrieval.
  5. Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate the hazards associated with chemical experimentation.


Required Courses

Students pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry will take CHEM 3360  Structure and Mechanism in Biological Chemistry, CHEM 4555  Pharmacology, and CHEM 4550  Medicinal Chemistry in place of one technical elective and two advanced chemistry electives.

Students pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in computational chemistry will take PHYS 2211  Modern Physics, CHEM 4615  Computational Chemistry, and  PHYS 4451  Elementary Quantum Mechanics in place of one technical elective and two advanced chemistry electives.

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.

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