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Chemistry (BS), 4-Year

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Discover the building blocks for a rewarding career in science with a BS in Chemistry from D’Youville.

Overview & Distinctions


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

What You'll Learn

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.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • 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.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

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 GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting 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. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation



Degree: B.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 101

General Chemistry I

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.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry and CPC-022 or 3 years of high school mathematics or MAT-117 or MAT-122, CHE-101L

CHE 101L

General Chemistry Laboratory

Three hours of laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHE-101

CHE 102

General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of CHE-101. Topics include chemical equilibria, kinetics and oxidation reduction systems.

Prerequisites: CHE-101, CHE-102L

CHE 102L

General Chemistry Laboratory II

Three hours of laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHE-101L, CHE-102

CHE 219

Organic Chemistry

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.

Prerequisites: CHE-101, CHE-101L, CHE-102, CHE-102L, CHE-219L oe CHR-209L

CHE 219L

Organic Chemistry Lab

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.

Prerequisites: CHE-209 or CHE-219

CHE 220

Organic Chemistry II

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.

Prerequisites: CHE-219, CHE-220L

CHE 220L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

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.

Prerequisites: CHE-219 CHE-219L, CHE-220

CHE 303


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.

Prerequisites: 1 group: ((CHE-209 CHE-209L or CHE-219 CHE-219L) and BIO-101 BIO-101L BIO-102 BIO-102L) or ((CHE-209 CHE-209L or CHE-219 CHE-219L)and BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or be a chemistry major and take (CHE-219 CHE-219L CHE-220 CHE-220L), CHE-303L

CHE 303L

Biochemistry Laboratory

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).

Prerequisites: CHE-303

CHE 311

Physical Chemistry I

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.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-101 CHE-102 MAT-125

CHE 311L

Physical Chemistry I Lab

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.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-101 CHE-102 MAT-125, CHE-311

CHE 312

Physical Chemistry II

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 bond.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: CHE-312L, CHE-101, 102 MAT-125

CHE 312L

Physical Chemistry II Lab

This is a laboratory course which will complement the second semester of physical chemistry (CHE-312). Students will perform experiments illustrating the major areas of physical chemistry covered in physical chemistry II.

Prerequisites: CHE-101 CHE-102 MAT-125, CHE-312

CHE 331

Analytical Chemistry

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 photometric techniques.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-102 CHE-102L

CHE 332

Instrumental Analysis

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.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: CHE-102 CHE-102L

CHE 401

Inorganic Chemistry

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.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: CHE-220 CHE-220L


One Elective from CHE 351, CHE 412, or CHE 421

Choose one elective from CHE 351, CHE 412, or CHE 421
Total 42

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHY 101

General Physics I

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.

Prerequisites: MAT-125, PHY-101L

PHY 101L

Gen Physics Lab I

This course is a physics laboratory to accompany PHY-101. The course includes experiments in mechanics and oscillatory motion.

Prerequisites: None

PHY 102

General Physics

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.

Prerequisites: PHY-101, MAT-126, PHY-102L

PHY 102L

Gen Physics Lab II

This physics laboratory accompanies PHY-102. Experiments in wave motion, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism and optics are performed

Prerequisites: None

MAT 125

Calculus I

Basic theory of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals are taught. Some emphasis is placed on the structure of the real number system.

Prerequisites: MAT-122 or have an SAT Math Sub-score 600+ or ACT 26+.

MAT 126

Calculus II

The course explores the basic techniques for integration as well as elementary transcendental functions and the applications of differential and integral calculus.

Prerequisites: MAT-125

MAT 202

Calculus III

The subject matter includes multivariate calculus, infinite series, differential equations and matrix algebra.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: MAT-126


One Elective from CSC 110, CSC 120, CSC 151, or CSC 389

Choose one elective from CSC 110, CSC 120CSC 151, or CSC 389
Total 23

General Education Requirements: 30
Chemistry courses: 42
Additional mathematics and natural science courses: 23
Liberal Arts & Science Electives: 27
Total: 122



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.

Enter the workforce with a bachelor's degree

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.

Careers for Chemists

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)
  • Business

Graduate and doctoral degrees

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:

Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

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.

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