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Chemistry BA

(HEGIS: 19.05 CHEMISTRY-GEN-NO BIOCHEM, CIP: 40.0501 Chemistry, General)

Department of Chemistry

363 Natural Sciences Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

Javid Rzayev

Troy Wood
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Katie Stanton
Undergraduate Secretary

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Why study Chemistry BA at UB?

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: for students who are interested in careers in other fields and need a flexible curriculum to allow for courses meeting requirements outside the chemistry degree, for example medical school or double majors, although many of these students do pursue graduate degrees in chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry) and application.
  • Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques.
  • Are able to design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results.
  • Know the proper procedures for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures for chemical waste disposal.
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research.
  • Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology.
  • Communicate the results of their work to other chemists.

The Learning Environment

The Chemistry program features a wide variety of class sizes, types, and delivery methods. Most General Chemistry courses consist of 3 hours of lecture per week (class sizes of ca. 360) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition to 1 hour of recitation and 3 hours of laboratory (class sizes of ca. 22 students) supervised by a graduate student teaching assistant. Organic chemistry courses in the second year consist of 3 hours of lecture per week (class sizes of ca. 275) presented by PhD level faculty, in addition to 1 hour of recitation and 3 hours of laboratory (class sizes of ca. 16 students) supervised by a graduate student teaching assistant. In the third and fourth year classes are generally restricted to chemistry majors. Lecture classes have enrollments of 100 to 16 and use a variety of delivery methods. Laboratory courses are low enrollment and are taught by Chemistry faculty with graduate student teaching assistants; these are heavily hands-on and with state-of-the-art instrumentation. The Department strongly encourages undergraduate research; this is conducted in the individual research groups of tenured or tenure-track faculty.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Chemistry is housed in the Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) on the North Campus. The Department occupies about 112,000 square feet of space, including 32,000 square feet for teaching laboratories and 54,000 square feet of research laboratory space. Also included are support services, such as instrumentation labs, electronic shop, stockrooms and conference rooms.

The Chemistry Department Instrument Center maintains and operates a number of instruments that facilitate a variety of research. These include multiple mass spectrometers for analysis of ions in gas, solution and solid phases, including accurate mass confirmation. Liquid and gas chromatographs are coupled with mass spectrometry to enhance mixture analysis. Ionization techniques include electron impact, electrospray, chemical ionization, and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization. Other techniques available include FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning spectrophotometry, and differential scanning calorimetry. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers include a Varian Gemini 300, Varian 400, 500, 600 and 750MHz NMR for structure studies.

About Our Faculty

The staff of the Department of Chemistry includes 30 tenured or tenure-track full-time faculty (all PhD), 3 full-time lecturers, 84 teaching assistants (all graduate students), and 18 support staff. Faculty members deliver lecture courses and supervise teaching assistants who are responsible for oversight of laboratory courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Chemistry department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices

Various specializations are possible in chemistry. Environmental chemists study the chemistry of air, soil, and water pollution. Organic chemists specialize in carbon compounds. Biochemists study the chemical reactions (involving acids, proteins, steroids, and enzymes) that make life possible. Clinical chemists specialize in diagnostic tests, pharmaceutical chemists in drugs, and metallurgists in metals and alloys. Forensic chemists work with law enforcement to solve crimes.

The 2015-2016 employment survey of the American Chemical Society found 2.6% of members and 12.3% of new chemistry graduates were unemployed. About 45% of students who receive undergraduate chemistry degrees go on to graduate or professional schools.

Potential career areas include:

  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Environmental science
  • Food and drug administration worker
  • Forensic science
  • Government lab research
  • Industrial research
  • Medicine and health related fields
  • NASA
  • Oceanography
  • Patent or environmental law
  • Petroleum products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pollution analysis
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Waste disposal research

Academic Advising

Students may be referred to Dr. Troy Wood for advisement regarding the prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and discipline. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Dr. Troy Wood
Associate Professor

Scholarships and Financial Support

  • Alan Cutler Undergraduate Scholarship: The scholarship is given to support students in the Department of Chemistry based on financial need and academic success.
  • Albert Padwa Award: Intended to provide a stipend to an undergraduate student intern during a summer research project in the Department of Chemistry.
  • Ralph F. Theuer Scholarship Award: Presented annually to outstanding students pursuing a degree in Chemistry or a graduate degree in Science Education.
  • William E. Townsend Scholarship: Presented annually to freshman chemistry majors, preferably from the WNY area, with demonstrated financial need and possession of good personal characteristics in terms of attitude, personality, citizenship and leadership.
  • Peter T. Lansbury Undergraduate Research Award: Awarded to an undergraduate chemistry major to be used to carry out summer research with a UB faculty member.
  • Sol J. Lederman Undergraduate Research Fellowship: Award to provide summer research support based on proposals submitted.
  • Hillig Student Assistance Fund: For the purpose of supporting undergraduate students majoring in chemistry who have completed 2 or more years of chemistry courses to further their study in the field of Chemistry. The awards provide partial travel funds for junior or senior chemistry or medicinal chemistry majors who are presenting papers or posters at scientific society meetings.

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:42