Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry Degrees
Chemistry is the branch of the physical sciences that deals with material substances. Its purview includes the elements, the combination of elements and formation of compounds, the phenomena that arise from exposure of substances to different physical conditions, and reactions between substances.
The undergraduate chemistry degree programs at Adelphi are based on the principle of progression: a progression from the simplest to the most difficult concepts. Students studying for a degree in chemistry start with general chemistry, which introduces basic concepts, followed by surveys of the different branches of chemistry, these being organic, analytical, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.
As a sign of the department's belief in the importance of the laboratory experience, and in contrast to the prevailing practice at many universities, laboratory classes at Adelphi are all taught by faculty. In addition, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to undertake research in the department's laboratories, under the guidance of faculty.
The Department of Chemistry offers two degree programs, each with its own requirements:
- The B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry are flexible programs that provide excellent preparation for careers in chemistry and a variety of other areas including medicine;
- The B.S. degrees in biochemistry is for those planning careers in the pharmaceutical industry, or in agricultural chemistry and food science, and serves those whose aim is an advanced degree in biochemistry, biophysics, medicine, dentistry, or optometry.
Find out more about the Minor in Chemistry and the Joint Degree Programs in dentistry and engineering
Scholar Teacher Education Program (STEP)
The Chemistry department in association with the Adelphi University School of Education offers a unique combined baccalaureate/master’s five year program (B.A. or B.S./MA) which allows a student to major in Biology and also fulfill courses in education that will lead to New York State teaching certification. See the Master of Arts Programs in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Education, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.