Chemistry Program Description
Major in Chemistry
Chemistry Major
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Program Description

Chemistry students study composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter with emphasis on atomic and molecular systems. The major is designed to meet the needs of students whose principal interest is in chemistry, biochemistry, or medicine.

Special Opportunities

The chemistry program at Utica College is small enough to be personal, but broad enough to provide excellent opportunities for challenge. We offer four concentrations within the major including biochemistry and environmental chemistry. In the last decade the College has added more than $250,000 in new instrumentation to the program with substantial help from the National Science Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

The chemistry department is a national leader in the recent effort of the chemical education community to introduce sophisticated instrumentation to students at all levels, and some of the department's external support has been predicated on its pioneering efforts. Starting in general chemistry, all chemistry students at UC use sophisticated chemical instrumentation, including FTNMR and FTIR.


Gordon Science Center contains specially equipped science lecture halls and laboratories for chemistry including a well equipped instrumentation laboratory available for student and faculty use. Major instruments include:
  • Bruker 250Mhz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (FTNMR) equipped with a multi-nuclear probe and variable temperature capabilities;
  • Two Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR) including a PerkinElmer Spectrum One spectrometer with diffuse reflectance and universal ATR sampling accessories and an Analect high-resolution spectrometer;
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 650 Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/Vis) spectrometer with a universal reflectance accessory;
  • Thermo Scientific M Series atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer with graphite furnace and flame atomization;
  • Thermo Scientific Spectra System quaternary high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) with a diode array detector and auto sampler;
  • Thermo Scientific Trace-DSQ gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC/MS) equipped with a second injection port, flame ionization and electron capture detectors, and an auto sampler;
  • Gow-Mac gas chromatograph;
  • BASi Epsilon System for Electrochemistry with a controlled growth mercury electrode and a cyclic voltammetry cell stand.


Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in chemistry is valuable, versatile, and marketable. Utica College's graduates have entered manufacturing, chemical, and research fields, the pharmaceutical industry, or secondary school teaching. UC graduates also prepare for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, or forensic sciences as well as for professional study in fields such as dentistry, medicine, and patent law.

UC Graduates

Since the early 1950s, when Marilyn Jacox '51 graduated, earned a Ph.D. degree, and went to work for the Bureau of Standards (now NIST), Utica College has had a tradition of graduating competent, qualified chemists.

Robin Sheppard ('88) is a chemical analyst at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY. Sheppard completed doctoral studies in environmental toxicology at Cornell University in 1997.

Mike Garguillo ('90) earned a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and is now completing his post-doctoral position at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.

Upon graduation, Elaine Sosnowski ('89) accepted a position as a research chemist at Eveready, Inc.

Joe Raker ('97) earned a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University.

"What is unique about UC is that the school is small, so the quality of the instruction you get is superb. You can't beat the resources available, both human resources and physical resources, like labs and equipment that you get at Utica College."
-- Stanley Mattos '77, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Consulting Services, Professional Services, ALLTEL, Little Rock, AR

"Some aspects of medical school and residency can be overwhelming, but UC prepared me to handle the challenges. The faculty at UC interacts with you on a very personal level, and the small college experience was great. It gave me the opportunity to interact with faculty one-on-one."
--Janice Bedell '89, M.D.Radiologist, Oxford Medical Imaging, New Hartford, NY

"I got a chance to do hands-on research with Dr. Pier, which really helped me out when I applied to graduate schools. I think I was more prepared for graduate school, compared to students from larger colleges, because we had more one-on-one instruction and a chance to do more hands-on work with the instrumentation."
--John Dillon, Jr. '78, Ph.D.Assistant Director of Chemical Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.


Curtis R. Pulliam, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
270 Gordon Science Center

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