Chemistry & Biochemistry

Overview & Mission

Flowing from the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program is committed to providing a basic knowledge of this liberal art to many students and a thorough undergraduate chemical and biochemical education to its majors. It demands of them honesty, accuracy, and clarity in the carrying out and reporting of their work.

Through the precision of chemistry and biochemistry, it strives to discipline their minds and by chemistry's and biochemistry's ever-increasing insight into the truths of nature, it endeavors to widen their vision. The program encourages its majors to contribute to the discovery of these truths by their research.



Student Outcomes

After successfully completing a major in chemistry or biochemistry, the student will have developed:

  1. A proficiency at experimental work as it pertains to planning and executing experiments using the literature, manipulating chemicals, keeping records, analyzing and interpreting data and completing a research project.

  2. An ability to effectively and accurately communicate their findings to the science and non-science community in written and oral form.

  3. An understanding of molecular functionality, bonding, and reactivity as it pertains to reaction mechanisms, synthesis, kinetics, and the thermodynamic laws governing organic, inorganic and biochemical systems.

  4. An understanding of the use and principles governing the interaction of matter with radiation, including spectral interpretation regarding the nature of bonding in molecules and the electronic structure of atoms.

  5. An understanding of the biochemical processes in living systems and the structures that support them, and the ability to manipulate, isolate, and purify biologically important materials.

  6. An understanding of analytical methods, organic techniques, and biochemical techniques used in carrying out chemical investigations.

In addition, biochemistry majors develop an in-depth knowledge of biology, cell function, genetics, microbiology, and biochemical analysis techniques.


Graduates

Students completing the degree in chemistry or biochemistry are equipped with the skills to succeed in scientific and science-related careers. Our students are prepared for advanced educational pursuits in graduate or professional schools.

Many graduates go on to receive Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s from major graduate and medical schools, such as:

  • Cornell University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • The Mayo Institute
  • New York University
  • Purdue University

  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY
  • University of Toronto
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University

Graduates in chemistry and biochemistry from CSE work in a variety of careers:

  • Attorney
  • Physician

  • Research Scientist
  • Teacher

Some examples of industrial positions held by CSE graduates include analytical chemists, biochemists, medicinal chemists, and research chemists in the pharmaceutical, environmental, and personal care industries at the following:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • L'Oreal USA
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Roche

Chemistry & Biochemistry Program


Degrees Offered

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  • CHEM151 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM301 Physical Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM303 Physical Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM317 Analytical Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM337 Research (4)
  • CHEM411 Inorganic Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM433 Coordinating Seminar, Senior (1)

Total: 41

Related Requirements

  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 16

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: 57

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

  • CHEM151 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM301 Physical Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM325 Biochemistry II (4)
  • CHEM337 Research (4)
  • CHEM433 Coordinating Seminar, Senior (1)
  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO413 Molecular Biology (4)

Total: 53

Related Requirements

  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 16

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry: 69

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a Concentration in Environmental Science

  • CHEM121 Introductory Chemistry*(4) or General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM 123 Introductory Organic Chemistry (4) or CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM200 Environmental Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM317 Analytical Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry I Lecture and Lab (4) or BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • CHEM337 Research (4)
  • CHEM451 Special Topics (4) or CHEM495 Internship (1-4)
  • CHEM433 Coordinating Seminar, Senior (1)
  • And one additional 4-credit, 200, 300, or 400 level chemistry course (4)

Total: 38-41

*With permission from the program chair.

Related Requirements

  • MATH119 Statistics (4)
  • THEO201 Bioethics or equivalent approved by the program chair (4)

Total: 8

Total credits for BA in Chemistry with a Concentration in Environmental Science: 46-49

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.

Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Forensic Science

  • CHEM113* Introduction to Forensic Science (4)
  • CHEM151 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM301 Physical Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM303 Physical Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM317 Analytical Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM337 Research (4)
  • CHEM411 Inorganic Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM433 Coordinating Seminar, Senior (1)
  • JUS101 Introduction to Justice Studies (2)
  • JUS231 Criminal Procedure (4)

* Or equivalent approved by the program chairperson

Total: 51

Related Requirements

  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 16

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science: 67

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.

Requirements for the B.S. in Biochemistry with a Concentration in Forensic Science

  • CHEM113* Introduction to Forensic Science (4)
  • CHEM151 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM301 Physical Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM325 Biochemistry II (4)
  • CHEM337 Research (4)
  • CHEM433 Coordinating Seminar, Senior (1)
  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO413 Molecular Biology (4)
  • JUS101 Introduction to Justice Studies (2)
  • JUS231 Criminal Procedure (4)

* Or equivalent approved by the program chairperson

Total: 63

Related Requirements

  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 16

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Concentration in Forensic Science: 79

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.

Requirements for the Minor in Chemistry

  • CHEM121* or CHEM151 Introductory or General Chemistry I with Lab (4)
  • CHEM123* or CHEM211 Introductory Organic or Organic Chemistry I with Lab (4)
  • CHEM323 or CHEM325 or FN320 Biochem I or II or Nutritional Biochem (4)
  • One more 200, 300 or 400 level 4 credit class approved by the program chairperson

* Or equivalent approved by the program chairperson

Total: 16

Requirements for the Minor in Forensic Science

  • CHEM113* Introduction to Forensic Science (4)
  • CHEM151* Introductory or General Chemistry I with Lab (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CHEM317 Analytical Chemistry (4)
  • JUS101 Introduction to Justice Studies (2)

* or equivalent approved by the program chairperson

Total: 18