Our Chemistry Program

At Ithaca College, we know that the field of modern chemistry is always changing. The structure of our academic programs are designed to provide students with a strong basis in each of the subfields of chemistry followed by opportunities for flexible learning in advanced and interdisciplinary modern topics. Our faculty are continually adapting existing courses and developing new ones to meet the needs and interests of our students.

As a student of chemistry, you begin your studies through four semesters of foundational coursework and laboratory experiences. Here you will gain both problem solving skills and broad perspectives on chemistry from Principles of Chemistry, a year of Organic Chemistry, and a final semester of Quantitative Chemistry.

Your lecture series runs in parallel to one credit laboratory courses. Through each course, you will learn new techniques across the traditional boundaries of the disciplines of chemistry concurrently as well as reinforce the concepts of your other coursework. In addition, these laboratory experiences provide you with a stronger understanding of chemical structure, reactivity, and analysis methods. In addition, you will always have the option of joining a faculty member's research group to gain more specialized training and expertise. 

Advanced classes in the Chemistry Department include full semester courses in the important chemical disciplines of Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. In addition, you will select from a rotating series of exciting Selected Topics electives to complete your personalized experience of the field. 

As a Chemistry major, you will complete your degree through the department seminar and the Senior Thesis experiences. If you are eager for an extra challenge, develop and defend your research in an Honors thesis

Want to learn more?

Descriptions and information about specific courses offered through the Department of Chemistry can be found within the course catalog or our special topics course listing. Course offerings and schedules can be viewed by semester by logging in to Homer Connect

Note for Current Students and Advisors

We encourage current students to work with their advisers to help match their course schedule to their educational and career goals.

Be sure to check the appropriate Catalog to review your major requirements. Your catalog year depends on the year in which you declared your major. For example, if you matriculated in Fall 2017 but declared your major in Spring 2019, you would follow the 2018–2019 Catalog requirements, not the 2017–2018 Catalog requirements.