Major in Chemistry

You Belong Here

You’re interested in a career path that includes everything from nuclear chemistry to drug design to astronomy. You want to understand the world at the molecular level and gain skills that apply to all scientific fields. You’re analytical by nature and  enjoy solving complex problems. Chemistry might be the major for you.

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Why UC?

The chemistry major at UC gives students a solid theoretical and foundation in the study of matter on both the macroscopic and atomic levels. Supported by exceptional faculty and advanced instrumentation, chemistry students study composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter with emphasis on atomic and molecular systems. The chemistry department at Utica College is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the major is designed to meet the needs of students whose principal interest is in chemistry, biochemistry, or medicine.

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What You'll Learn

The chemistry major offers four concentration

  • General
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental
  • Professional

Chemistry majors have rich opportunities to perform and present original research of their own, to engage in a culture and tradition of inquiry that is simultaneously rigorous and rewarding, and to take part in a variety of collaborations with the  faculty.

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Over 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.

A Degree that Works

UC's chemistry major prepares you for career opportunities in environmental management and technology, industrial research and production, teaching, as well as graduate study. Graduates of the chemistry program have taken leadership positions at:

  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Unisys Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Henkel
  • Reheis, Inc.

Four concentration options that lead to careers in all areas of the scientific field.


Spotlight: Lab Technology

Find out more about the awesome instrumentation available on campus.


Major chemistry instrumentation on-site:

  • 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.
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