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Chemistry BA - Applying to the Program

(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

David F. Watson

Troy Wood
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Katie Stanton
Undergraduate Secretary

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Becoming a Chemistry BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All entering first-year students with an interest in Chemistry will be listed as "approved" majors.

Transfer Admission to the Program

All entering transfer students with an interest in Chemistry will be listed as "approved" majors.

Transfer students from accredited institutions generally have little difficulty in making the transition to SUNY at Buffalo. It is recommended that applicants complete General Chemistry and College Calculus I and II in the freshman year. Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Calculus III and the calculus-based Physics sequence should be completed by the sophomore year. If there is any doubt about the courses needed to meet our departmental requirements, courses which are specifically designated as being for science or engineering majors are the natural choice. Chemistry, Physics and Calculus courses which are designed to satisfy the needs of Social Science or Pre-med Majors should be avoided. Advanced Placement credit in Chemistry will transfer only as elective credit. Advanced Placement credit in Calculus will transfer.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible in their academic career.

Suggested Introductory Courses

CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (preferred) or CHE 101 General Chemistry I with CHE 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHE 101 prior to Fall 2019).
MTH 141 College Calculus I or MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I (BA degree only)
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 101 College Physics I (BA degree only)

CHE 105-CHE 106 is suggested for chemistry majors and students intending to major in a chemistry-related field. CHE 101/CHE 113-CHE 102/CHE 114 is also acceptable for chemistry majors. Similarly, CHE 251-CHE 252 is an alternative to CHE 203/CHE 205 -CHE 204/CHE 206 for qualified students and is strongly recommended to students intending to major in chemistry or a chemistry-related field.

Published: Nov 02, 2020 11:52:14