Discover the building blocks for a rewarding career in science with a BS in Chemistry from D’Youville.
Whether your goal is to enter the workforce as a chemist or pursue graduate studies to become a university professor, researcher or high school teacher, chemistry is an increasingly desirable background for a wide variety of careers.
As a chemistry major at D’Youville, you’ll study foundational chemistry including inorganic, analytical, physical, organic, and biochemistry. You’ll add to your knowledge base with electives taught by professors with a passion for teaching and conducting research. If you’re interested in expanding your expertise and experience by conducting research, you can work alongside D’Youville professors under their direct mentorship.
Our faculty’s guidance and experience, in combination with your passion can lead you to virtually unlimited career opportunities. A BS in chemistry from D’Youville combines practical hands-on experience with a high-quality education grounded in the liberal arts, a combination many employers look for when hiring new graduates
As a chemistry major you will learn how the material world around you works. The chemistry degree program prepares students in the traditional areas of chemistry: inorganic, analytical, physical, organic and biochemistry, and it also leaves considerable freedom for students to explore other areas or career interests.
Because a bachelor's degree in chemistry can lead to almost limitless career possibilities, D'Youville's program offers flexibility so that you can explore related areas and find your career interest.
Our degree program gives you 21 credits of free electives to explore these options. If you wanted to be a patent lawyer you could minor in pre-law. If you were thinking of becoming a doctor or a medical researcher, you could minor in biology and take the courses needed to enter medical school. Or you could simply explore some area of chemistry that interests you through directed scholarship and research with a faculty member.
- Flexible major requirements. That means we help you customize a curriculum to highlight your specific interests — it’s YOUR education.
- If you choose to apply to graduate school, you’ll benefit from the guidance and mentoring of a pre-professional advisory committee. Graduates of our BS in chemistry have gone on to earn their master’s or doctorates at some of the best schools in the country.
- Gain experience with modern instrumentation in spacious labs in newly built School of Arts, Sciences and Education building.
- Benefit from direct entry into one of D'Youville's combined professional degree programs in health-related fields or education. You'll graduate in less time and save money, because you'll pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate studies.
- Get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40. Science labs range from 12 to 15 students per class.
- Innovative faculty — each with a PhD in their field — are constantly refining and expanding their course offerings, with students needs in mind. All classes at D'Youville are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants like at other schools.
- Starting in your sophomore year you’ll have opportunities to conduct supervised research.
- Acclimate to the professional world, with opportunities to attend — or even present at national and international meetings and conferences.
When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!
Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year.
Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
|Scholarships||SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA||Scholarship Amount|
|President's||88/1170 or 24||$13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Founder's||83/1080 or 21||$10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver|
|Dean's||80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
|Transfer||3.25 - 3.49||$5,000|
|Transfer||3.0 - 3.24||$4,500|
|Transfer||2.75 - 2.99||$4,000|
*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.
Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.
D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.
Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
|High School Average||SAT + (or)||ACT|
+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
Our admitted freshman class profile:
High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
|Test Scores||25th Percentile||75th Percentile||Median|
|SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing*||460||590||530|
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.
Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:
Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.
Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26
Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.
Course Requirements for the Major:
In the specific areas of concentration:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
This introduction to fundamental chemical principles includes topics such as atomic
structure, bonding and properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. The course
consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.
Three hours of laboratory.
This course is a continuation of Chemistry 101. Topics include chemical equilibria,
kinetics and oxidation reduction systems.
Three hours of laboratory.
This course is a survey of the functional groups germane to organic chemistry. In
particular, emphasis is placed on the physical properties, nomenclature, conformation,
synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes. Additionally, the recognition
of isomers from constitutional stereoisomers such as enantiomers and diastereomers
is also stressed.
This lab emphasizes purification techniques central to organic chemistry such as recrystallization,
distillation (simple and fractional), extraction, chromatography (column and thin
layer), and chemical modification. Also, several syntheses are chosen to illustrate
lecture material such as, but not limited to reactions such as substitution and bond
cleavage. It consists of three hours of lab a week.
This course is a continuation of CHE 219. The physical properties, nomenclature, synthesis
and reactions of aromatic rings, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones. Amines, carboxylic
acids and its derivatives, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, conjugated systems, aromaticity
and enols are studied. The theory and application of a variety of spectroscopic
(infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spec) methods are also covered.
This lab emphasizes the reactions that are covered in lecture such as, but not limited
to, ester synthesis, electrophilic substitution of an aromatic ring, Grignard reagents
and reduction of carbonyl compounds. This lab also places an importance on mastering
spectroscopic methods such as IR and NMR utilizing in-house instrumentation. It
consists of three hours of lab a week.
This one-semester course emphasizes structure/function relationships among the components
responsible for the biochemical functions of life. Topics include proteins, enzymes,
carbohydrates, bioenergetics, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), lipids, membranes,
nucleic acids, biotechnology, biochemical methods, vitamins and nutrition.
This laboratory supports the CHE 303 lecture course. Students required to take CHE
303 are also required to take CHE 303L (except for physician assistant students).
This is the first semester of the introductory course in Physical chemistry. Areas
of study include statistical thermodynamics:Maxwell Boltzmann distribution partition
function,thermodynamics functions,ideal gases,Einstein solid;spectroscopy:interaction
of light with matter,Einstein coefficients,selection rules,atomic and molecular spectra,lasers;kinetics,rates,microscopic
reversibility,steady state,collision theory.
This is a laboratory course which will complement the first semester of physical chemistry
(CHE 311). Students will perform experiments illustrating the major areas of physical
chemistry covered in physical chemistry I.
This is the second semester of the introductory course in physical chemistry. Areas
of study include quantum mechanics: history, Bohr atom, Schrodinger Equation, particle
in a box, rigid rotor, simple harmonic Oscillator, hydrogen atom, MO theory; classical
thermodynamics: Gibbs chemical potential, phase equilibria electrochemistry, irreversible
processes. This is the second semester of the introductory course in physical
chemistry. Areas of study include chemical kinetics, enzyme kinetics, electrochemistry,
quantum mechanics, atomic structure, spectroscopy, molecular modeling and the chemical
This is a laboratory course which will complement the second semester of physical
chemistry (CHE 321). Students will perform experiments illustrating the major areas
of physical chemistry covered in physical chemistry II.
This is a first course in analytical chemistry emphasizing the basic concepts and
laboratory techniques underlying quantitative analysis including analysis of quantitative
measurements, simple and complex solution equilibria, volumetric and gravimetric techniques,
electrochemistry, redox and potentiometric titrations, separations, and elementary
This course will examine the basic tenets and applications of modern analytical instrumentation
and their use in determining a wide variety of pertinent analytical data. Topics such
as UV/Vis spectrometric methods, atomic absorption and emission spectrometry, gas
chromatography, mass spectroscopy, luminescence and fluorescence spectrometry, HPLC,
capillary electrophoresis, surface analysis and electrochemistry will be covered.
This is an intermediate course in inorganic chemistry suitable for the junior or senior
level student. The course contains a detailed review of atomic structure and bonding,
as well as a discussion of group and molecular orbital theories. This course also
provides a brief synopsis of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
In other academic areas required for the major:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
This calculus-based course is an introduction to the principles of kinematics and
dynamics as they apply to both translational and rotational motion. Topics include
Newton's laws, forces, friction, gravity, Kepler's laws, dot products and cross products,
potential and kinetic energy, and momentum. Considerable attention is paid to the
intellectual history that accompanied the emergence of the Newtonian world view.
This course is a continuation of PHY 101. The course covers statics, fluids, oscillations,
sound and waves, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and geometric optics.
This course is a physics laboratory to accompany PHY 103. The course includes experiments
in mechanics and oscillatory motion.
Basic theory of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals are taught.
Some emphasis is placed on the structure of the real number system.
The course explores the basic techniques for integration as well as elementary transcendental
functions and the applications of differential and integral calculus.
The subject matter includes multivariate calculus, infinite series, differential equations
and matrix algebra.
Core Humanities and social science: 36
Chemistry courses: 42
Additional mathematics and natural science courses: 23
Total free electives (includes nine from the core): 21
With a Chemistry BS from D’Youville, you’ll go far. Your core understanding of how the world is made, and how it works, prepares you for the job market or for further study. Chemistry graduates may opt for graduate study in fields like engineering, medical, law or pharmaceutical sciences to name just a few, in addition to straight chemistry.
Entering the work force directly creates practically endless opportunities. You may want to teach, or to work for the government. And certainly industrial options are many. You could choose to specialize specifically in chemicals, or energy/environment, materials, or consumer or agricultural products. You’ll find chemists in many unexpected industries such as toys, food, make-up, breweries, and perfume again, to name just a few. Laboratory work is another great building block for those who have completed a chemistry undergraduate degree.
Career opportunities for chemistry majors extend far beyond teaching at the high school or college level. Graduates are employed in a vast array of careers, including:
- Research and development (R&D) in the pharmaceutical industry
- Research and development (R&D) for manufacturing in fields such as food flavorings, cosmetics and perfumes.
- Research or clinical careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or allied health.
- Education (secondary and higher education)
- Research in ecology and oceanography
- Patent law, international law, environmental law, pharmaceutical sales and management
- Law enforcement (forensic)
While many of our graduates go into industry, others enter advanced academic programs in order to pursue careers in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. These students typically pursue post-professional degrees such as doctor of science (DSc), doctor of education (EdD), or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. If you choose to pursue this path you can rest assured that the rigorous academic, research, and clinical work you’ll complete in our chemistry undergraduate program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.
Learn more about getting a job in chemistry on the American Chemistry Society's website.
Starting in your sophomore year, chemistry majors have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of D'Youville faculty. Subsequently opportunities exist for research internships alongside scientists at collaborating institutions near the D'Youville campus, including the Hauptman Woodward Research Institute. Few undergraduate chemistry programs offer these types of exceptional research opportunities.
Research opportunities with our science faculty will give you an excellent introduction to the world of research, allowing you the opportunity to collect and interpret data. Many students receive National Science Foundation (NSF) stipends, and also present their projects at international conferences.
As a student you will have opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty in the department:
- Frank Chi, PhD
- Margaret Goodman, PhD
- Kacie Liwosz, PhD
- Christopher Patridge, PhD
- David Schuster, PhD
- Gregory Soja, PhD
- David Stewart, PhD
- Dominic Ventura, PhD
- Jason Wallace, PhD
Chemistry majors can find employment in a variety of careers and industries. Many of our graduates continue their academic studies after they earn their bachelor's degree in chemistry. Some even conduct research as PhD candidates in doctoral programs around the country.
Our graduates can be found all over the world, including:
- Derek Schall '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a PhD at the University of Vermont.
- Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a PhD at Emory University.
- Daniel Snyder II '15 has a Chemistry degree and is now working on a PhD at the University of Utah.
- Sean Carney '09 is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Kent State.
- Zack Wintrob '09 is pursuing a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at University at Buffalo.
- Kiante Hyman '08 was accepted into the doctoral program in Chemistry at the University at Buffalo.
- Kwadwo Bediako '07 was accepted into Pharmacy school and admitted into the Master's program in Biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University.
- Lamin Trawally '07 was accepted into the doctoral program in Biochemistry at the University at Buffalo.
- Michael Gannon '04 achieved candidacy for a PhD in Organic Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo in 2007.
- Matt Strom '02 currently at the Naval Research Lab.