Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Professors: K. Ckless, D. Criss
Associate Professors: C. Hoag, E. Pater, R. Sunasee
Assistant Professor: K. Theisen
Lecturers: T. Moffett, G. Morello, N. Parri

Contact Us
Chairperson: Karina Ckless, Professor 
Phone: 518-564-4118 
Email: kckle001@plattsburgh.edu 

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 chemistry 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: The program allows students to seek ACS certification. 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: 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 cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physics, but is flexible enough to be tailored to meet each student’s particular needs or goals. For American Chemical Society Certification, students are required to additionally take CHE 321 CHE 430 CHE 431 CHE 455  (in place of CHE 451   ) and CHE 456  . (See listing under Biochemistry.)

Chemistry Minor: Students in programs with a strong chemistry component should inquire about requirements for a minor in chemistry through the Chemistry and Biochemistry 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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