Chemistry Degree Requirements
The advisor to all chemistry majors is Dr. Hoffmann (222 Smith Hall, Telephone 395-5587). If you are considering a major or minor in chemistry, make an appointment with Dr.
Hoffmann to plan a program that meets your interests and needs.
You should declare your intent to complete a major or
minor in chemistry as early as possible so you may be kept informed of curriculum changes that may affect you. Once you
have declared a major in chemistry, you must meet with Dr. Hoffmann before each new semester to discuss your progress, to
make changes to your tentative program which may be desirable, and to decide upon your academic program for the coming
semester. Dr. Hoffmann will assist you in solving procedural problems and will answer specific questions pertaining to
Advisement extends far beyond the formal student/
advisor contact. Once you have declared a major in chemistry, you should devote a portion of your time to exploring
career options in chemistry and related fields. Visit the Center for Student Services to use career counseling, testing
and placement services, or to browse through materials in the career library; attend chemistry seminars to meet
professional chemists and to become familiar with their research interests; read Chemical and Engineering News and
other American Chemical Society journals to get a sense for the wide variety of professional positions which will become
available to you as a chemist; and attend the activities of the Chemistry Club to meet students who share your interests.
Finally, seek ways to interact informally with members
of the chemistry faculty. Each is a valuable source of information regarding chemistry programs, employment opportunities, and
opportunities for graduate study in his/her special areas of interest. Their advice, assistance and encouragement may be
critical factors as you shape your academic program and your future.
General Degree Requirements
The Bachelors of Science Degree
The following requirements have been established for
candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree. Of the final 30 semester hours, 24 must be completed on the Brockport
campus, or in approved off-campus programs. You are referred to the current Undergraduate Catalog for a more thorough
discussion of general degree requirements.
- Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours with a minimum earned
academic average of 2.0. No more than 54 credits of courses designated CHM may be applied to this total.
- Completion of GEP100, Academic Planning Seminar.
- Completion of the College Composition requirement (3-9 credits):
Each student will be placed in a communications skills course, ENL101, ENL102 or ENL112, appropriate to his/her background
and level of preparation. All students are required to pass, with a minimum grade of “C,” the three-credit
course, ENL112. However, students with superior high school records may be allowed to take a waiver exam to complete
- Completion of the College Math requirement (3 credits): Each
student will be placed in a quantitative skills course, MTH110, MTH111, or MTH112, or a higher level MTH course appropriate
to his/her background and level of preparation. Students must satisfy this requirement by passing MTH112. Students who have
a strong math background but lack exposure to statistics may place out of MTH112 but must demonstrate competence by passing
an approved statistics course (CHM303, Analytical Chemistry I, satisfies this requirement). Students with strong math
backgrounds including instruction in statistics are regarded as competent and have no further math requirement other than
that required by his/her academic major.
- Completion of eight courses in the Knowledge Area. Each student is
required to complete courses, selected from an approved list by General Education code letter, in each of the following
Fine Arts, 2 courses (F) and (P)
Natural Sciences, 2 courses (N) and (L)
Social Sciences, 1 course (S)
Humanities, 1 course (H)
Western Civilization, 1 course (G)
American History, 1 course (V)
At least one course must be a
At least one course must be a (L)aboratory course.
HST101, HST102, ENL165 or ENL166
HST211 or HST212
- Students who complete the chemistry major will fulfill the Natural
Science requirement with courses required for the major.
- Completion of GEP150, Computer Skills. Students must register for
this course in their first semester at Brockport. The course is only completed when the student has passed the Computer
Skills Competency Exam.
- Completion of a 111 course in Foreign Language. The student may be
waived from this requirement if he/she has received an 85 or higher on a Regents Exam, AP Exam, or Exam for CLEP Credit or
has earned placement in a higher-level language course by local exam.
- Completion, in your junior or senior year, of one contemporary
issues course, designated (I or J).
- Completion of at least one course containing a unit on perspectives
on women (W),completion of at least one course having a unit on other world civilizations (O), and completion of at least
one course having a unit on diversity (D).
- Completion of a minimum of 48 upper-division credits (300- and 400-
- Completion of 60 credits of liberal arts courses (courses with the
college catalog and course schedule suffix code letter "A".
- Completion of an academic major program with a minimum cumulative
GPA of 2.0.
- Completion of a minimum of 12 credits of upper division courses in
The Bachelors of Arts Degree
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree are the same
as those for the Bachelor Science degree with two exceptions:
- You must complete 90 credits of liberal arts courses, instead of
- You must demonstrate competency in one foreign language at the level