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Undergraduate: Chemistry

  • Program Overview

    Department Information - Chemistry (CHE)

    The Bachelor of Science program in Chemistry is designed to prepare the student for graduate study in chemistry or for industrial or other employment. It includes options in biological chemistry, chemical physics, and environmental chemistry, in addition to the traditional chemical science option. The B.S. program of the Department of Chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

    The Bachelor of Arts program allows more flexibility in the choice of electives, accommodating the needs of pre-medical students and others whose career objectives may call for a substantial introduction to chemistry. It can also accommodate students who wish to obtain a strong undergraduate background in another science or mathematics while earning a degree in chemistry.

    Students interested in combining the study of chemistry with the study of materials science should see also the Interdisciplinary Program in Engineer­ing Chemistry.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Majors and Minor in Chemistry (CHE)

    Requirements for the Major (Bachelor of Science Degree)

    All of the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major (CHE, MAT, PHY, BIO, etc.) must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher, with the exception of three courses, for which the grade may be C-. G/P/NC grades are not acceptable in courses taken for the major. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be used to fulfill any major requirement.

    Completion of the major requires  a minimum of  66 credits.

    A. Core Requirements

    1. CHE 131 (or CHE 129 and CHE 130), CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II or CHE 152 Molecular Science I
    2. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Lab I, II or CHE 154 Molecular Science Laboratory I
    3. CHE 301, CHE 302 Physical Chemistry I, II
    4. CHE 303 Solution Chemistry Laboratory
    5. CHE 321, CHE 322 Organic Chemistry I, II, or CHE 331, CHE 332 Molecular Science II, III
    6. CHE 375 Inorganic Chemistry I
    7. CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory or CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
    8. CHE 385 Tools of Chemistry
    9. MAT 131, MAT 132 (Calculus I, II) and MAT 203 (Calculus III with applications) (See note 1 for possible substitutions). If students do not place into MAT 125 or 131 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 (or MAT 119/MAT 123) is a required course for the major.
    10. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II (See note 2 for possible substitutions)

    B. Area Requirements

    One of the following options:

    1. Chemical Science Option

    • CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
    • CHE 357 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
    • CHE 328 Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques or CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
    • CHE 487 Research in Chemistry (3 credits) or CHE 495/CHE 496 Senior Research
    • Two electives chosen from: CHE 345/461, CHE 346/461, CHE 348/461, CHE 351, CHE 353, CHE 358, CHE 376, CHE 378, PHY 251, or ESG 281  

    2. Biological Chemistry Option (See note 3)

    • CHE 328 Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques or CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
    • One organic or inorganic chemistry elective chosen from: CHE 345/461, CHE 346/461 (See note 4), CHE 348/461, CHE 376, CHE 378, or CHE 495/CHE 496
    • BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • CHE 346/461 (recommended) or BIO 361 Biochemistry I
    • BIO 310 Cell Biology or BIO 362 Biochemistry II

    3. Chemical Physics Option

    • AMS 210 or MAT 211 or AMS 261 or MAT 303 (See note 5)
    • CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
    • CHE 351 Quantum Chemistry or CHE 353 Chemical Thermodynamics
    • CHE 357 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
    • AMS 210 or MAT 211 or AMS 261 or MAT 303 (See note 5)
    • PHY 251/PHY 252 Modern Physics and Laboratory
    • One elective chosen from: CHE 358 Computing in Chemistry, PHY 277 Computation for Physics and Astronomy, PHY 300 Waves and Optics, PHY 307 Physical and Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, PHY 301 Electromagnetic Theory I, PHY 303 Mechanics, or PHY 306 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics (the last three courses require other physics prerequisites or permission of the instructor).

    4. Environmental Chemistry Option

    • CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
    • CHE 310 Chemistry in Technology and the Environment
    • CHE 357 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory or ENV 321 Chemistry for Environmental Science Laboratory
    • CHE 328 Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques or CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and
      Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
    • BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems or BIO 113 Applied Ecology
    • ATM 397 Air Pollution and Its Control (See note 6 for possible substitutions)

    5. Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry Option

    • ATM 205 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
    • MAR 308 Principles of Instrumental Analysis
    • MAR 333 Coastal Oceanography
    • MAR 351 Introduction to Ocean Chemistry
    • Two electives chosen from: MAR 301 Environmental Microbiology, MAR 302 Marine Microbiology and Microbial Ecology, MAR 334 Remote Sensing of the Environment, MAR 336 Marine Pollution, MAR 394 Environmental Toxicology and Public Health, ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change, ATM 345 Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Dynamics, ATM 397 Air Pollution and Its Control

    C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    Each student majoring in Chemistry must use CHE 303, CHE 304, or CHE 384 to satisfy the writing requirement for the Chemistry major (a satisfactory grade is required). These courses require several papers which are evaluated for cogency, clarity, and mechanics, and satisfy the university Stony Brook Curriculum WRTD learning objective.

    Notes:

    1. Alternate Mathematics Sequences
      The following alternate sequences may be substituted for major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125MAT 126MAT 127 or MAT 141MAT 142 or MAT 171 or AMS 151, AMS 161 for MAT 131MAT 132AMS 210 or MAT 211 or AMS 261 for MAT 203. Equivalency for MAT courses as indicated by earning the appropriate score on a placement examination will be accepted as fulfillment of the requirement without the necessity of substituting other credits.
    2. Alternate Physics Sequences
      The following alternate sequences may be substituted for physics requirements or prerequisites: PHY 141/PHY 133PHY 142/PHY 134 or PHY 125PHY 126/PHY 133PHY 127/PHY 134 for PHY 131/PHY 133PHY 132/PHY 134.
    3. It is recommended that students selecting the biological option take a minimum of one BIO lab (e.g., BIO 204).
    4. CHE 346/461 may not be used as both an elective and as a substitute for BIO 361.
    5. The Chemical Physics option requires two math courses in addition to Calculus I and II.
    6. The following substitutions for ATM 397 need additional prerequisites: ENV 315/GEO 315 Groundwater Hydrology, MAR 336 Marine Pollution, MAR 351 Introduction to Ocean Chemistry.
    7. Transfer Credit
      At least 12 credits of upper-division work in chemistry must be taken at Stony Brook; these must be taken in at least two of the major subdisciplines (inorganic, physical, and organic chemistry).
    8. The American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training has set nationally recognized standards for professional preparation in chemistry. The Chemistry faculty recommends that students intending to pursue careers in the chemical sciences secure ACS certification along with their Bachelor of Science degree.

      To obtain ACS certification, students who elect the chemical science option must complete CHE 346/461 or BIO 361.

      Students who elect the biological chemistry option must complete one additional elective in chemistry or a related field, CHE 304, and one of the following: 1. CHE 487 (6 or more credits), 2. CHE 495-496, 3. CHE 357 and CHE 487 (3 or more credits), or 4. a research experience in the chemical sciences at another college, university, or government laboratory of at least 180 hours (see note 10).

      Students who elect the chemical physics option must complete CHE 346/461 and one of the following:
      1. CHE 328 or CHE 384 and CHE 487 (3 or more credits), 2. CHE 487 (6 or more credits), 3. CHE 495-496,
      or 4. a research experience in the chemical sciences of at least 180 hours at another college, university, or
      government laboratory (see note 10).

      Students who elect the marine and atmospheric chemistry option must complete CHE 346/461, CHE 328 or
      CHE 384, and one of the following: 1. CHE 487 (6 or more credits), 2. CHE 495-496, 3. CHE 357 and CHE
      487 (3 or more credits), or 4. a research experience in the chemical sciences at another college, university,
      or government laboratory of at least 180 hours (see note 10). 

      Students who elect the environmental chemistry option must complete CHE 346/461 and either CHE 487 (3 credits), CHE 495-496, or a research experience in the chemical sciences at another college, university, or government laboratory of at least 180 hours (see note 10).

    9. Additional Areas of Study
      Because knowledge of computer programming is of great value to all chemists, CHE 358 or other course in computer programming is recommended.
    10. Students who fulfill ACS requirements with an off-campus research experience must register for CHE 487 (0 credits). All students using CHE 487 to fulfill ACS requirements must prepare a written research report that will be evaluated by a Stony Brook Chemistry faculty member.

    Requirements for the Major (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

    All of the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the major (CHE, MAT, ESG, PHY, etc.) must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher, with the exception of three courses, for which the grade may be C-. G/P/NC grades are not acceptable in courses taken for the major. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be used to fulfill any major requirement.

    Completion of the major requires approximately 55 to 56 credits.

    A. Study Within the Area of Chemistry

    1. CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II or CHE 152 Molecular Science I
    2. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Lab I, II or CHE 154 Molecular Science Laboratory I
    3. CHE 301, CHE 302 Physical Chemistry I, II
    4. CHE 303 Solution Chemistry Laboratory and one additional laboratory course (CHE 304 or CHE 384)
    5. CHE 321, CHE 322 Organic Chemistry I, IIB or CHE 331, CHE 332 Molecular Science II, III
    6. CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory or CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
    7. CHE 375 Inorganic Chemistry I
    8. CHE 385 Tools of Chemistry

    B.  Courses in Related Fields

    1. MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II and MAT 203 Calculus III with applications (See note 1)
    2. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II and labs (See note 2)

    C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    Each student majoring in Chemistry must use CHE 303, CHE 304, or CHE 384 to satisfy the writing requirement for the Chemistry major (a satisfactory grade is required). These courses require several papers which are evaluated for cogency, clarity, and mechanics, and satisfy the university Stony Brook Curriculum WRTD learning objective.

    Notes:

    1. Alternate Mathematics Sequences
      The following alternate sequences may be substituted for major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125MAT 126MAT 127 or MAT 141MAT 142 or MAT 171 or AMS 151AMS 161 for MAT 131, MAT 132; AMS 210 or MAT 211 for MAT 203. Equivalency for MAT courses as indicated by earning the appropriate score on a placement examination will be accepted as fulfillment of the requirement without the necessity of substituting other credits.
    2. Alternate Physics Sequences
      The following alternate sequences may be substituted for physics requirements or prerequisites: PHY 125, PHY 126/PHY 133, PHY 127/PHY 134, or PHY 141, PHY 142 for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134.
    3. Transfer Credit
      At least 12 credits of upper-division work in chemistry must be taken at Stony Brook; these must be taken in at least two of the major subdisciplines (inorganic, physical, and organic chemistry).

    Honors Program

    Students who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in science and mathematics through the junior year are eligible for departmental honors in chemistry. An additional requirement for honors is the submission of a senior thesis based on research performed during the senior year. The student will be given an oral examination in May by his or her research supervisor and the undergraduate research committee. The awarding of honors requires the recommendation of this committee and constitutes recognition of superior performance in research and scholarly endeavors. If the student has also achieved a 3.40 cumulative grade point average in chemistry courses taken in the senior year, honors will be conferred.

    Chemistry Secondary Teacher Education Program

    See the Education and Teacher Certifica­tion entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs.

    Requirements for the Minor

    The Chemistry minor requires 18-22 credits, which include a General Chemistry Lecture sequence, a General Chemistry Laboratory sequence, plus 12 credits of CHE 300-level courses or research. A minimum of 9 upper division CHE credits must be earned in courses not used towards the student's major. All courses for the minor must be completed for a letter grade of C or better or S. All students must complete a minimum of 8 upper division credits in 300-level or chemistry research courses in residency at Stony Brook in order to qualify for the minor. All courses for the minor must be completed for a letter grade of C or higher or S. P/NC grades are not acceptable in courses taken for the minor. All students must complete a minimum of 8 upper division credits in 300-level chemistry or chemistry research courses in residency at Stony Brook.

    Completion of the minor requires the following courses:

    A. General Chemistry lecture sequence

    • CHE 129-132 or CHE 131-132 or CHE 152

    B. General Chemistry laboratory sequence

    • CHE 133-134 or CHE 154

    C. 12 credits of CHE 300-level courses or CHE research (CHE 487, CHE 495-496)
    Special restriction: A minimum of 9 upper division CHE credits must be earned in courses not required for the student's major.

    Bachelor of Science Degree/Master of Science Degree Program

    A student interested in this research-intensive graduate program, intended to prepare students for professional employ­ment in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, may apply for admission at the end of the junior year. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the end of the fourth year and a Master of Science in Chemistry at the end of the fifth year. During the senior year, the student is expected to take two 500-level CHE courses, GRD 500 Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship, and begin research in the senior research sequence. In the fifth year, the student works full-time on research, earning 24 credits in CHE 599.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Chemistry (Chemical Science Option, B.S. Degree)

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    MAT 131   4 
    CHE 131  4
    CHE 133   1 
    SBC  3
     Total  16
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    CHE 132  4
    CHE 134  1
    MAT 132  4 
    SBC  3
     Total 16 
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
      CHE 321  4
      CHE 383  2
      AMS 210 or MAT 211   3 
      PHY 131  4
     SBC  3
     Total  16
     
    SPRING Credits
    CHE 326  4 
      CHE 384  3 
      CHE 385 1
      PHY 132  4
     SBC  3
     Total 15 
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
      CHE 301  4 
      CHE 303  2 
      CHE 375  3
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
      CHE 302 4
      CHE 304
     SBC
     SBC
     SBC 3
     Total 15 
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
      CHE 357  2
      CHE 495
     Upper-division SBC  3
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
     Total 17 
     
    SPRING Credits
     CHE 496  3 
     Upper-division CHE elective  3
     Upper-division elective   3 
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
       
     Total 15 

     

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Chemistry (B.A. Degree)

     A course planning guide for this major may be found here

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    MAT 131  4
    CHE 131   4
    CHE 133   1
    SBC  3
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
     WRT 102 3
      CHE 132
      CHE 134
    1
      MAT 132
     SBC  3
     Total 16 
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
      CHE 321
      CHE 383
      AMS 210 or MAT 211
      PHY 131
     SBC 3
       
     Total 16 
     
    SPRING Credits
      CHE 326
      CHE 384* 3
      CHE 385
      PHY 132
     SBC
     SBC
     Total  18
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
      CHE 301   4 
      CHE 303  2
     SBC  3
     SBC  3
     SBC  3 
     Total 15 
     
    SPRING Credits
      CHE 302  4 
      CHE 304* 2
     SBC
     SBC
     SBC 3
     Total  15
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
      CHE 375  3
     Upper-division elective  3
     Upper-division elective   3 
     Elective  3
     SBC   3
     Total 15 
     
    SPRING Credits
     Upper-division SBC  3
     Upper-division SBC  3 
     Elective  3
     Elective  3
     Elective  3
     Total  15

    *Only one of these two laboratory courses is required.

  • Contact

    Chemistry (CHE)

    Majors and Minor in Chemistry

    Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chairperson: Nancy Goroff

    Assistant to the Chair: Norma Reyes

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dale Drueckhammer

    Student Affairs Coordinator: Katherine M. Hughes

    Office: 104 Chemistry  

    Phone: (631) 632-7886 

    Web Address: http://stonybrook.edu/chemistry

    Minors of particular interest to students majoring in Chemistry: Biology (BIO), Environmental Studies (ENS), Marine Sciences (MAR)

     

     

     

     

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