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Majors & Minors
The Bachelor of Art (B.A.) in chemistry program at SUNY Potsdam is ideally suited for students interested in careers in environmental studies, biotechnology, analytical labs, chemical industry, pharmacy, patent law, forensic science, secondary science education and other fields of science. The program is centered on a core chemistry curriculum that is smoothly integrated with various biological and arts-related courses offering students the flexibility to pursue other interests. Students will gain the necessary skills to analyze and solve modern problems through exposure to foundation coursework in chemistry. The laboratory component of the curriculum provides students hands-on experience and exposes them to state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students hone their skills by working closely with faculty in research and in advanced courses with small class sizes. The B.A. degree in chemistry is appropriate for students who do not plan to go to graduate school. Students wishing to pursue advanced degrees in chemistry are encouraged to enroll in the Bachelor of Science program.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry provides an excellent foundation for a career in science, science education, technology or medicine. A SUNY Potsdam B.S. degree in Chemistry meets all of the requirements for an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree and is designed to prepare students for admission into graduate schools in chemistry, medical schools, professional positions in industry, the health field or governmental agencies. Students learn about all major fields within chemistry such as inorganic, organic, analytical, biological and physical chemistry, and they are exposed to modern laboratory techniques and equipment. The research component of the B.S. in chemistry program allows students to gain the first-hand experience of working in cutting-edge techniques and research projects. Students frequently present their work at professional chemistry conferences and see their work published in scientific journals.
Lisa Dillenback, Chemistry Major