Chemistry Major

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree BS, Chemistry

Department Chair Charles Saladino, Jr., PhD


Anna Fedor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BS Pennsylvania State University; PhD Syracuse University

Xuegang Jia, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, BS, MS Harbin Institute of Technology, PhD Southern Illinois University

Larry Pedersen, Professor of Chemistry, BS Clarkson College of Technology; MS, PhD Yale University

Charles Saladino, Jr., Associate Professor of Chemistry, BA, MA Hofstra University; PhD Iowa State University

Chemistry has been called the "central science" because it has applications in so many fields. Graduates with a major in chemistry can select from a variety of jobs in the chemical industry, in government laboratories, or in medical or agricultural research. In addition, they are prepared for graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry and, with the proper selection of elective courses, for professional studies in medicine, veterinary medicine, and related fields.

At the end of their sophomore year and thereafter, chemistry majors must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 in courses required for the major in order to remain in good standing in the program, and a GPA of 3.0 to be recommended for graduate or professional schools. Students must earn three credits doing either a summer internship during their junior year [CHM 490] or by taking research [CHM 460] in (or before) the first semester of their senior year.