Requirements for the Majors and Minor in Chemistry (CHE)

Requirements for the Major (Bachelor of Science Degree)

Up to three chemistry courses passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be used to fulfill any major requirement.

Completion of the major requires approximately 66 to 69 credits.

A. Core Requirements
1. CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II or CHE 141, CHE 142 Honors Chemistry
2. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Lab I, II or CHE 143, CHE 144 Honors Chemistry Laboratory I, II
3. CHE 301, CHE 302 Physical Chemistry I, II
4. CHE 303 Solution Chemistry Laboratory
5. CHE 321, CHE 326 Organic Chemistry I, IIB
6. CHE 375 Inorganic Chemistry I
7. CHE 383 Introductory Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
8. CHE 385 Tools of Chemistry
9. MAT 131, MAT 132 Calculus I, II (See Note 1 for possible substitutions)
10. AMS 210 Applied Linear Algebra or MAT 211 Linear Algebra (See Note 1 for possible substitutions)
11. 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 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
CHE 482 Senior Laboratory Projects in Chemistry or CHE 496 Senior Research
Two electives chosen from CHE 345, CHE 346, CHE 351, CHE 376, CHE 378, PHY 251, or ESG 281

2. Biological Chemistry Option
CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
One organic or inorganic chemistry elective chosen from CHE 345, CHE 346, CHE 376, CHE 378, or CHE 496
BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 361 Biochemistry I
BIO 310 Cell Biology or BIO 362 Biochemistry II

3. Chemical Physics Option
CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
CHE 351 Quantum Chemistryor CHE 353 Chemical Thermodynamics
CHE 357 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
MAT 205 Calculus III (See Note 1 for possible substitutions)
PHY 251/PHY 252 Modern Physics and Laboratory
One elective chosen from PHY 262, PHY 301, PHY 303, or PHY 306

4. Environmental Chemistry Option
CHE 304 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
CHE 310 Chemistry in Technology and the Environment
CHE 357 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy Laboratory
CHE 384 Intermediate Synthetic and Spectroscopic Laboratory Techniques
BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystemsor BIO 113 Applied Ecology
ATM 397 Air Pollution and Its Control

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
ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change and ATM 397 Air Pollution and Its Control

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Each student majoring in chemistry must take CHE 385, Tools of Chemistry, until a satisfactory grade is achieved. The course requires several papers which are evaluated for cogency, clarity, and mechanics.

Notes:

1. Alternate Mathematics Sequences
The following alternate sequences may be substituted for major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171 or AMS 151, AMS 161 for MAT 131, MAT 132; MAT 203 or MAT 205 for AMS 210 or MAT 211. 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 121/PHY 123, PHY 122/PHY 124 or PHY 141, PHY 142 or PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 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).

4. 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. Students who elect the biological chemistry option must complete one additional elective in chemistry or a related field and the laboratories CHE 304, CHE 357, and CHE 496. Students who elect the chemical physics or the marine and atmospheric chemistry option must complete CHE 346 and the laboratories CHE 384 and CHE 496. Students who elect the environmental chemistry option must complete CHE 346 and CHE 496.

5. Additional Areas of Study
Because knowledge of computer programming is of great value to all chemists, a course in computer programming is recommended.

For students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, it is  recommended that they attain a reading knowledge of German and of French or Russian.

Requirements for the Major (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Up to three chemistry courses passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. 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 141, CHE 142 Honors Chemistry I, II
2. CHE 133, CHE 134 General Chemistry Lab I, II or CHE 143, CHE 144 Honors Chemistry Laboratory I, II
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 326 Organic Chemistry I, IIB
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 AMS 210 Applied Linear Algebra
or MAT 211 Linear Algebra (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 take CHE 385, Tools of Chemistry, until a satisfactory grade is achie­ved. The course requires several papers which are evaluated for cogen­cy, clarity, and mechanics.

Notes:

1. Alternate Mathematics Sequences
The following alternate sequences may be substituted for major requirements or prerequisites: MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or AMS 151, AMS 161 for MAT 131, MAT 132; MAT 203 or MAT 205 for AMS 210 or MAT 211. 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 121/PHY 123, PHY 122/PHY 124 or PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, or PHY 141, PHY 142 for PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134.

3. Transfer Credit
At least 12 credits of chemistry courses 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 is a 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 minor requires 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.

Completion of the minor requires 22 credits including:

A. General Chemistry lecture sequence (8 credits)
CHE 129-132 or CHE 131-132 or CHE 141-142

B. General Chemistry laboratory sequence (2 credits)
CHE 133-134 or CHE 143-144

C.  12 credits of CHE 300 level courses or CHE research (CHE 487, CHE 495, or CHE 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 and begin research. In the fifth year, the student works full-time on research, earning 24 credits in CHE 599.