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B.S. in Chemistry

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Program Chair: Phillip Christiansen

Chemistry is the most central of sciences. It deals with the properties, composition and structure of matter, with the changes that occur in matter and with energy relationships involved in those changes. Chemistry has been at the forefront of virtually all recent advances in materials, medicine and renewable fuels. The chemistry program at Clarkson has been designed to:

  • Provide students with a core knowledge base to meet the challenges of professional careers spanning the full range of the chemical sciences.
  • Ensure that students have the opportunity to develop strong professional communication skills.
  • Provide a stimulating intellectual environment with exposure to open-ended problems likely to be encountered in industry, graduate schools and professional programs.

It is a rigorous degree program and students completing the requirements may be certified by the American Chemical Society if so desired. At the same time, it has the flexibility to allow students to develop the specialties that best meet their career goals. The small laboratory learning environment provides strong interaction between students and with instructors and the laboratory, as well as research experiences provide students ample opportunities to develop communication skills through small group presentations and reports. The chemistry faculty are internationally known for the quality of their research and undergraduates are encouraged to become involved in research with the faculty and graduate students as early as their freshman year.

A pre-health sciences program is available for students interested in medical school or a health-care related field. Clarkson also offers a pre-physical therapy undergraduate concentration and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Detailed information about this program is available to students through the Associate Dean for Health Sciences at 315–268–3786.

REQUIREMENTS
Chemistry (46 credits)
Biology Elective (3 credits)
CM103/105 Structure and Bonding with Lab
Physics and Math (20 credits)
CM104/106 Equilibrium and Dynamics
PH131/132 Physics I and II
with Lab
MA131/132 Calculus I and II
CM121 Freshman Seminar
MA232 Differential Equations
CM221/223 Spectroscopy with Lab
Statistics
CM241/242 Organic Chemistry I and II
Clarkson and First-Year Seminar, Knowledge
CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
Area, University Course, Professional Experience and Technology
CM300 Instrumental Lab
Electives (25 credits)
CM312 Inorganic Chemistry
Free Electives (26 credits)
CM320 Separations and Electrochemistry
CM345 Advanced Lab
CM371/372 Physical Chemistry I and II
CM402 Senior Seminar
Total — 120 credits


Chemistry Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM103 Structure and
  CM104 Equilibrium and Dynamics1
3
  Bonding1
3
  CM106 Chemistry Lab II1
2
CM105 Chemistry Lab I1
2
  MA132 Calculus II
3
MA131 Calculus I
3
  PH132 Physics II
4
PH131 Physics I
4
  CM121 Freshman Seminar
1
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    KA Elective
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
     
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16
   
16
       
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM221 Spectroscopy
3
  CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
CM223 Spectroscopy Lab
3
  CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
    KA/UC Elective
3
MA232 Differential Equations
3
    Statistics Elective
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM345 Advanced Laboratory
4
  CM300 Instrumental Laboratory
3
CM371 Physical Chemistry I
3
  CM312 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
  CM320 Separations and
  Technology Elective
3
    Electrochemistry
3
  Professional Experience
3
  CM372  Physical Chemistry II
3
   
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    Biology Course
3
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15
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SENIOR YEAR
(Standard Option)
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
  KA/UC Elective
 3
  CM402 Undergraduate Seminar
 1
  Free Electives2
 9
    Free Electives2
14
   
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12
     
15
    
(Thesis Option)
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
CM491 Undergraduate Thesis
6
  CM402 Undergraduate Seminar (c1)
1
  KA/UC Elective
3
  CM492 Undergraduate Thesis
6
  Free Electives2
3
    Free Electives2
8
   
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12
     
15


1  With the permission of the department chair, CM131-132 may be accepted in lieu of CM103-106 for a student 
who wishes to transfer into the Department of Chemistry after having completed the first year in another 
department.

2  Those students wishing to satisfy the requirements for an American Chemical Society-accredited B.S. degree will 
need at least six credit hours in advanced chemistry electives, including biochem I. Thesis can count for only three 
such credits. Those students electing the standard option need at least one credit hour of an elective chemistry 
laboratory course.

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

Specializations
Those courses listed after a slash following an undergraduate course are graduate courses covering the same
topics but containing additional material. Not all courses are offered each year or each
semester (see annual Courses publication).
CM103 Structure and Bonding   ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CM104 Chemical Equilibrium   CM241 Organic Chemistry I
  and Dynamics   CM242 Organic Chemistry II
CM105 Chemistry Laboratory I   CM244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CM106 Chemistry Laboratory II   CM440/540 Computational Chemistry
CM121 Freshman Seminar   CM441/541 Physical Organic Chemistry
CM131 General Chemistry I   CM442/542 Synthetic Organic Chemistry
CM132 General Chemistry II   CM443/543 Reactive Intermediates in
CM300 Instrumental Laboratory     Organic Chemistry
CM345 Advanced Laboratory   CM444/544 Medicinal Chemistry
CM402 Senior Seminar   CM445/545 Stereochemistry of Organic
CM405 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory     Compounds
CM406/506 The Treatment of   CM448-449 Directed Study in
  Experimental Data     Organic Chemistry
CM451/551 Mfg. Impl. Advanced Materials   CM745-749 Special Topics in
CM509 Receptor Modeling in     Organic Chemistry
  Environmental Chemistry      
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY*   PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
CM221 Spectroscopy   CM371 Physical Chemistry I
CM223 Spectroscopy Laboratory   CM372 Physical Chemistry II
CM320/520 Separations, Radiochemistry, and   CM471/571 Fund-Chemical Kinetics
  Electrochemistry   CM473/573 Advanced Techniques in
CM427-429 Directed Study in     Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  Analytical Chemistry   CM474/574 Fundamentals of Molecular
CM725-729 Special Topics in     Spectroscopy
  Analytical Chemistry   CM475/575 Quantum Chemistry
BIOCHEMISTRY   CM476/576 Atmospheric Chemistry
CM453/553 Intro Biomaterials   CM477-479 Directed Study in
CM460/560 Biochemistry I     Physical Chemistry
CM461/561 Biochemistry II   CM562 Physical Chemistry for
CM464/564 Physical Biochemistry     Life Sciences I
CM467-469 Directed Study in Biochemistry   CM775-779 Special Topics in
CM470/570 Biochem/Biotech Lab     Physical Chemistry
CM765-769  Special Topics in Biochemistry   POLYMER CHEMISTRY
  (see also CM413[513])   CM450/550 Introduction to
COLLOID AND SURFACE CHEMISTRY**     Polymer Chemistry
CM430/530 Colloids and Interfaces   CM457-459  Directed Study in
CM432 Particle Size Analysis     Polymer Chemistry
CM437-439 Directed Study in   CM483/583  Intro to Polymer Science
  Colloid Chemistry   CM484/584 Multicomponent
CM735-739 Special Topics in Colloid     Polymer Systems
  and Surface Chemistry   CM485-585 Nanostructured Materials
 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY   CM755-759 Special Topics in
CM312 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry     Polymer Chemistry
CM417-419 Directed Study in    RESEARCH, SEMINARS, AND SPECIAL
  Inorganic Chemistry   COURSES  
CM715-719 Special Topics in   CM491-492 Undergraduate Thesis
  Inorganic Chemistry    CM497-499 Directed Study
      CM890-899 Directed Study
      CM900 Seminar
      CM990 Thesis, Dissertation, or Special
        Project

* See also CM300/500 and CM405.
** See also the colloid and surface science [SU] courses listed in the Courses publication.

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