Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Michael Haaf, Assistant Professor and Chair

The chemistry curriculum, approved by the American Chemical Society, provides an exceptionally strong foundation for further training at the graduate level. The department is nationally noted for its research program, and students are regularly involved in research publications. The curriculum is also designed to provide outstanding classroom and laboratory experience as preparation for a career in the chemical industry. Graduates who have chosen to go directly into industry as chemists have obtained excellent placements. Chemistry majors are well prepared for a wide range of career opportunities including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, environmental science, toxicology, food science, forensic science, secondary school teaching, and engineering.

Honors in Chemistry

To be eligible for honors in chemistry, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 overall and 3.30 in chemistry courses. A student may apply with 2.75 overall GPA and 3.00 in chemistry. Application must be made to the chair of the chemistry department no later than the first week of the senior year. The student must select an adviser and a research project.

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry reviews the qualifications of the applicant and either approves or disapproves the application. If the application is approved, the student must enroll in CHEM-49100 and CHEM-49200 Honors Research in Chemistry.

A final version of an honors thesis reporting the results of a research investigation must be submitted to the adviser not later than three weeks before the expected date of graduation. The student must defend the thesis before a committee of no fewer than three members of the chemistry faculty. Faculty from other departments may be included if the topic is interdisciplinary.

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry - B.A.
Credits in the major

Chemistry (CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200, CHEM-32400, CHEM-32500, CHEM-32600, CHEM-33100, CHEM-33200, CHEM-34200, CHEM-48700, CHEM-48800)

37

Credits outside the major

Physics (PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000)

9

Mathematics (MATH-11100, MATH-11200)

8

Electives

66

Total, B.A. in chemistry

120

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry - B.S.

American Chemical Society-approved degree

Credits in the department

Chemistry (CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200, CHEM-32400, CHEM-32500, CHEM-32600, CHEM-33100, CHEM-33200, CHEM-34200, CHEM-48700, CHEM-48800)

37

Laboratory research

3

Additional credits (choose two): BIOC-35400, CHEM-35200, CHEM-35400, CHEM-35600, CHEM-42100, CHEM-42200, CHEM-44400, CHEM48100, and CHEM-48200

6

Total, credits in the department

46

Credits outside the department

Biochemistry (BIOC-35300)

3

Physics (PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000)

9

Mathematics (MATH-11100, MATH-11200)

8

Electives

54

Total, credits outside the department

74

Total, B.S. in chemistry

120

Requirements for Chemistry - B.A. with Teaching Option
Credits in chemistry and related science

Chemistry (CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200, CHEM-32400, CHEM-32500, CHEM-32600, CHEM-33100, CHEM-33200, CHEM-34200, CHEM-48700, CHEM-48800)

37

Physics (PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000)

9

Mathematics (MATH-11100, MATH-11200)

8

Total, chemistry and related science

54

Core education requirements

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

COMP-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-31010

Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Seminar in Education

12

EDUC-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Total, core education requirements

38

Additional requirements

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review, or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the second review is completed.

• Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-31010 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

• EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

• All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations; the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

• The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

28

Total, B.A. in chemistry with teaching option

120

Requirements for Chemistry - B.S. with Teaching Option
Credits in chemistry and related science

Chemistry (CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200, CHEM-32400, CHEM-32500, CHEM-32600, CHEM-33100, CHEM-33200, CHEM-34200, CHEM-48700, CHEM-48800)

37

Biochemistry (BIOC-35300)

3

Physics (PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000)

9

Mathematics (MATH-11100, MATH-11200)

8

Research in chemistry

CHEM-x9100 or CHEM-x9200

3

Restricted electives - Select 3 credits from the following:

BIOC-35400, CHEM-35200, CHEM-35400, CHEM-35600, CHEM-42100, CHEM-42200, CHEM-44400, CHEM-48100, CHEM-48200

3

Total, chemistry and related science

63

Core education requirements

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

COMP-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-31010

Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Total, core education requirements

38

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

• All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. If a student receives an unsuccessful review, or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the second review is completed.

• Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-31010 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

• EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and the EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

• All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

• The student's department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

19

Total, B.S. in chemistry with teaching option

120

Off-Campus Study in Oceanography

Students can participate in our cooperative programs with the Duke University Marine Lab (North Carolina and Bermuda) or the Sea Education Association of Wood's Hole (with a variety of cruise tracks). For more information on these programs:
National Affiliated Programs in Marine Biology

Chemistry-Engineering Programs

These are joint 3-2 programs with the College of Engineering at Clarkson University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Students enter Ithaca College as chemistry majors and then take a chemistry sequence plus certain basic courses required by the appropriate engineering program. At the beginning of the fourth year, with the recommendation of the Department of Chemistry and acceptance by the other institution, students take a leave of absence from Ithaca College and transfer to the school of engineering for two more years. At the end of that time, and upon satisfactory completion of their work, they are awarded a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and the appropriate degree from the other institution. In the event a student does not complete the engineering portion of the program, an Ithaca College degree in chemistry may be awarded if all of the requirements for the Ithaca College major are met, either through Ithaca College courses or appropriate transfer credit, subject to the Ithaca College policies on transfer credit.

Requirements for the Chemistry Degree in the Engineering Program - B.A.
Credits in the major

Chemistry (CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, CHEM-12400, CHEM-22100, CHEM-22200, CHEM-22500, CHEM-23200, CHEM-32400, CHEM-32500, CHEM-32600, CHEM-33100, CHEM-33200, CHEM-34200, CHEM-48700, CHEM-48800)

37

Credits outside the major

Physics (PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-11900, PHYS-12000, PHYS-21700)

15

Math (MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-21100, MATH-26000, MATH-26100)

20

Computer science (COMP-17100)

4

Electives

14

From the school of engineering

30

Total, B.A. in chemistry in the engineering program

120