Undergraduate Chemistry Major
Why Choose Chemistry?
Often referred to as the central science, chemistry is a rich academic discipline, which has vibrant interfaces with biology, geology, physics and math. This central position allows chemists to explore many of the vibrant scientific and technological questions confronting current society. As a result, our chemistry graduates have gone on to excel in academia, industry, and policy.
Students who wish to complete the B.S. degree in Chemistry must elect one of five program options (Chemical Science, Biological Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Environmental Chemistry or Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry). All the options feature a common core of basic introductory chemistry, physics and mathematics courses combined with additional courses unique to each option. A separate brochure is available describing the features of each option.
The Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook offers a wide range of research opportunities including cutting edge research in materials chemistry, computational biology, and pharmaceutical development, which complement our traditionally strong areas of organic, inorganic, biological and physical chemistry. The department is involved in many collaborative research projects with scientists at other area institutions including Brookhaven National Lab, the Rockefeller University, and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As a result of our large faculty and diverse research interests, students are likely to find a research environment that suits their interests and pushes them to excel.
We are particularly proud of what the accomplishments of our graduates. Two of the most common destinations for newly minted chemistry graduates are graduate school or medical school. We also have a significant number of graduates who take jobs in industry or education.
A selected list of graduates:
Prof. of Neurobiology and Anatomy UT School of Medicine, Houston
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Minnesota
Professor of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University
Director, Drug Discovery, Biogen Idec
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Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center
Staff Scientist and Group Leader, Genentech, Inc.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Vice President for Research, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY.