Students majoring in chemistry at The College of New Rochelle receive a strong background in the major branches of chemistry — the core of which is the organic-physical-analytical sequence. Course offerings enable the chemistry major to prepare for graduate, medical, or dental school; research in industry or the health sciences; secondary school teaching; or the fields of chemical literature, pharmacology, forensic science, patent law, research, and more.

During the first year, chemistry majors are exposed to a variety of experiences both within and outside of the classroom. Past activities have involved students in leading a workshop in forensic science for high school students, field research in environmental chemistry projects, and collaborative work with faculty authors.

During the sophomore year, chemistry students are eligible to apply for teaching experiences such as peer tutoring and as laboratory teaching assistants. During the junior and senior years, students may take advantage of the opportunity for research on campus or at internship appointments with local industries or at other institutions. The department is closely allied with the American Chemical Society and strongly encourages students to participate in its activities, particularly in attending lectures on cutting edge research, local and regional meetings, and symposia, where they can present the results of their research. Through our Chemistry Lecture Series, students can learn about research done by leaders in the fields of spectroscopy, forensic science, and other areas of interest.

Students at CNR enjoy the high faculty-to-student ratio, which provides a great deal of personal attention. This allows the student to take full advantage of the resources provided by our faculty and our department’s facilities. The physical facilities of the Chemistry Department, located in Science Hall, consist of five laboratories, which include an instrumentation laboratory equipped with the latest analytical instruments as well as computer hardware and software such as computational chemistry.