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2020-2021 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Department

Professor: K. Ckless, D. Criss
Associate Professors: C. Hoag, E. Pater (chairperson), R. Sunasee
Assistant Professor: K. Theisen
Lecturers: N. Choony, S. Lutz, T. Moffett, N. Parri

Students of chemistry receive a sound foundation in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry in preparation as professionals in the chemistry field. Along with core and upper-level chemistry courses, the requirements include fundamental courses in mathematics and physics.  Students are encouraged to broaden their education with courses outside the major. Participation in research projects with faculty provides access to a variety of sophisticated instrumentation.

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Chemistry Department has been accredited since 1976 by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

B.A. in Chemistry: Because of its minimum number of credits, this curriculum allows students to specialize in another area in addition to chemistry. Students may also select courses as pre-professional requirements for graduate study in medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and dentistry.

B.S. in Chemistry-ACS Certification: The program leads to ACS certification for the student. It expands upon the core B.A. program by specifying additional courses that will satisfy the ACS requirements for certification. It is designed to allow the student to directly enter the workforce, pursue advanced studies in chemistry or biochemistry or pursue medical or other professional schools.

B.A./M.S.T. Chemistry/Adolescence Education: This combined degree program is for students who seek adolescence education teacher certification in chemistry. (For more information see the Combined Programs section of this catalog.)

B.S. Biochemistry Program: This program provides the depth of knowledge and skill that students need to prepare for careers in health, nutritional, or biotechnical fields (e.g., medicine, dentistry, food chemistry, genetic engineering, and industrial enzymology). It includes a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics, but it is flexible enough to be tailored to meet each student’s particular needs or goals. (See listing under Biochemistry.)

B.A. in Chemistry (Study Option in Engineering): Students in this option complete three years of study (95 credits) at SUNY Plattsburgh and two years at an accredited engineering college. Students who complete all requirements receive a B.A. in chemistry from SUNY Plattsburgh and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the engineering college. The requirements at SUNY Plattsburgh include completion of the college’s general education program, an additional eleven credit hours in mathematics, three credits in physics, four credits in computer science, three credits in advanced writing, and 31 credits in the chemistry core courses.

Chemistry Minor: Students in programs with a strong chemistry component should inquire about requirements for a minor in chemistry through the chemistry department. A wide choice of courses is available to complete this minor, involving 18-21 credit hours. See Academic Minors in this catalog for further details.


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