School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of 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.

Chemistry, B.A.
Chemistry, B.S.
Chemistry, B.A. with Teaching Option
Chemistry, B.S. with Teaching Option
Chemistry-Engineering
Chemistry Minor

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 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

Credits outside the department

Physics (PHYS 11700, PHYS 11800)

   8

Mathematics (MATH 11100, MATH 11200)

   8

Electives

  67

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 35400, CHEM 35600, CHEM 42100, CHEM 42200, CHEM 43200, CHEM 44200, CHEM 44400, CHEM 45200, CHEM 48100, or CHEM 48200

 6

Total, credits in the department

46

Credits outside the department

Biochemistry (BIOC 35300)

   3

Physics (PHYS 11700, PHYS 11800)

   8

Mathematics (MATH 11100, MATH 11200)

   8

Electives

 55

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)

 7

Mathematics (MATH 11100, MATH 11200)

 8

Total, chemistry and related science

52

Core education requirements

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA 22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

SLPA 23900 Educating Children with Special Needs 2

PSYC 21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 10100 Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher 2
EDUC 21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice 3

EDUC 34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 40810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC 41010

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 GPA of2.75 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 40810 and EDUC 41010 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

  30

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)

 7

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 35400, CHEM 35600, CHEM 42100, CHEM 42200, CHEM 43200, CHEM 44200, CHEM 44400, CHEM 45200, CHEM 48100, CHEM 48200

3

Total, chemistry and related science

61

Core education requirements

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA 22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

SLPA 23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

PSYC 21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 10100 Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher 2
EDUC 21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice 3

EDUC 34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 40810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC 41010

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

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 GPA of 2.75 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 40810 and EDUC 41010 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

  21

Total, B.S. in chemistry with teaching option

120

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 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

Credits outside the department

Physics (PHYS 11700, PHYS 11800, PHYS 21700)

 12

Math (MATH 11100, MATH 11200, MATH 21100, MATH 21400, MATH 23100)

 20

Computer science (COMP 17100)

  4

Electives

 17

From the school of engineering

 30

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

120

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry may be appealing to natural science majors, premedical students, or majors in any discipline with some interest in chemistry. The courses required for the minor are the foundation courses for a chemistry major and two advanced courses in chemistry. Principles of Chemistry is an introductory course covering atomic structure, bonding, molecular shape, intermolecular interactions, reaction types, and thermochemistry. Organic Chemistry focuses on the chemistry of carbon compounds. Quantitative Chemistry completes the lecture foundation, emphasizing a quantitative approach to chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. In addition, students will be expected to complete 140 hours of laboratory instruction.

Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry II is also required for the minor. These courses go beyond the material presented in the first four semesters and are required for many advanced electives. Physical Chemistry I focuses on energy flow in chemical reactions and physical processes. There are numerous applications in Physical Chemistry I, including the chemistry of biochemical systems (such as protein kinetics) and industrial applications (such as engine efficiency and electrochemistry). Physical Chemistry II is a course on quantum mechanics relating to how matter is put together and behaves at the atomic level and molecular level.

Chemistry Seminar is a capstone course where students participate in the seminar program and meet with invited speakers, attend the weekly chemistry seminars, and present a topic of interest to the department. The presentation topic is typically a research project in chemistry or biochemistry but could also be a project relating to chemistry or a literature presentation relating to chemistry.

To successfully complete the minor, students must also meet prerequisite requirements for courses outside of chemistry, completing either Calculus for Decision Making or Calculus II and completing either Introduction to Physics II or Principles of Physics II.

The chemistry minor is not open to biochemistry majors, due to the course overlap.

Required courses in the department

CHEM 12100 Principles of Chemistry  4
CHEM 12400 Experimental Chemistry I  2
CHEM 22100 Organic Chemistry  3
CHEM 22200 Organic Chemistry  3
CHEM 22500 Experimental Chemistry II  2
CHEM 23200 Quantitative Chemistry  3
CHEM 48800 Chemistry Seminar  1
Total, required courses in department 18

Required courses outside the department

Physics
PHYS 11700 Principles of Physics I: Mechanics  4
PHYS 11800 Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism  3

or

PHYS 10100 Introduction to Physics I 4
PHYS 10200 Introduction to Physics II 4
Mathematics
MATH 10800 or MATH 11100 4
MATH 11200 OR MATH 24400 4
Total, required courses outside the department 15-16

Restricted electives

Choose one course

CHEM 33100 Physical Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 33200 Physical Chemistry II (3)
Total, restricted electives     3
Total, minor in chemistry 36-37