The chemistry program is composed of 68 of the 120 required credits for a bachelor's degree. This leaves 52 credits available for student electives and the Clarkson Common Experience. Of the 68 credits in the chemistry program, you will take 45 credits in chemistry, 17 credits in math and physics, 3 credits in biology and 3 credits in statistics.
All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Clarkson Common Experience
The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their programs of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar required only of first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
Students majoring in chemistry are required to complete the following courses:
Structure and Bonding
Chemistry Laboratory I
Chemical Equilibrium and Dynamics
Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Survey of Inorganic Chemistry
Separations and Electrochemistry
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Elementary Differential Equations
The professional experience can include directed research in research labs with Chemistry & Biomolecular Science faculty in the fields of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, materials and colloid chemistry; and internships or co-ops at other universities and in industry settings, as well as with organizations specifically involved in chemistry-related efforts. (Include example of specific student/specific research project)
The following electives are required to complete the chemistry major:
Students must complete one 3-credit course from the biology (BY) subject area.
Students must complete one 3-credit course from the statistics (STAT) subject area.
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in chemistry will have approximately 15 credit hours available to use for Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.
Students majoring in chemistry will have approximately 32 credit hours available to use for courses of their choosing.
In their senior year, students who elect the research thesis option will be paired with faculty thesis advisors to support them in selecting a research topic which reflects students' focuses and interests. Students are also required to complete CM491 Senior Thesis (fall, 6 credits) and CM492 Senior Thesis (spring, 6 credits) and to submit a completed thesis.