Students taking water samples.The Chemistry program at The College of New Rochelle aims to prepare knowledgeable and creative professionals who are proficient in the core principles and disciplines of chemistry and thoroughly grounded in the liberal arts. Through a sequence of foundational and in-depth course work, the Chemistry curriculum emphasizes skills of critical reasoning, problem solving, and scientific communication alongside comprehensive laboratory experiences in modern methods, techniques, and instrumentation.

Science BuildingWith the choice of either a B.A. or B.S. degree, a major in chemistry provides strong preparation for graduate studies, medical or dental school, physical therapy programs, or for careers in teaching, pharmacy, forensics, patent law, industry, or research. The Chemistry minor enhances any concentration in the sciences or humanities. Our small class sizes provide unique opportunities for personal advising, mentorship, and interaction with faculty as well as full access to department facilities.

In conjunction with professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society, the Chemistry program encourages student engagement in meaningful service activities within local and global contexts.  The chemistry curriculum also provides student research opportunities either with a faculty member or through internship placement in industry and other institutions.

A Chemistry minor enhances any concentration in the sciences or humanities, and chemistry courses are part of the curricula for the Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Professional Programs, and the Forensic Studies Certificate.


The concentration in Chemistry, which ordinarily begins in the freshman year, includes:

  • CHM 117 - Chemical Principles I 5 cr.
  • CHM 118 - Chemical Principles II 5 cr.
  • CHM 223 - Organic Chemistry I 5 cr.
  • CHM 224 - Organic Chemistry II 5 cr.
  • CHM 241 - Analytical Chemistry 5 cr.
  • CHM 251 - Physical Chemistry I 4 cr.
  • CHM 252 - Physical Chemistry II 4 cr.
  • CHM 261 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 cr.
  • CHM 354 - Biochemistry I 3 cr.
  • MTH 121 - Calculus I 4 cr.
  • MTH 122 - Calculus II 4 cr.
  • MTH 213 - Calculus III 4 cr.
  • PHY 111 - General College Physics 4 cr.
  • PHY 112 - General College Physics 4 cr.

Additional Credits

Additional credits are elected from the remaining courses offered for the Chemistry major. Student research internships or independent study experiences in Chemistry are available through special arrangement with the department and are strongly recommended. The student majoring in Chemistry may elect the B.S. degree by taking a minimum of 42 credits in Chemistry. The student who takes a minimum of 39 credits in Chemistry will receive a B.A. degree.

Majors in Chemistry must complete CHM 117 and CHM 118 with a minimum grade of C and all other CHM courses with a C- or better. Majors must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 in Chemistry courses in order to continue in the program. It is strongly recommended that Chemistry majors take the Graduate Record Examination in their senior year.

Senior Chemistry majors who have a cumulative index of 3.5 in courses in Chemistry will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation.


A student may obtain a minor in Chemistry by following the sequence CHM 117, CHM 118, CHM 223, CHM 224, plus a minimum of an additional 6 credits in Chemistry selected from among those courses coded CHM 241 through CHM 485. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in Chemistry courses to obtain the minor.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

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Akosuah Agyei: Senescense: A Surrogate Marker of Differentiation, Predicts Outcome to Taxol Therapy in Breast Cancer

Akosuah Agyei SAS'12 presented Senescense: A Surrogate Marker of Differentiation, Predicts Outcome to Taxol Therapy in Breast Cancer at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, organized by the New York Section of the American Chemical Scoiety. Akosuah conducted the research during an internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Michelle Permaul: Nylon-6 Capillary Channeled Fibers as a Stationary Phase for Ion-Exchange Chromatography Separations of Proteins

Michelle Permaul SAS'07 collaborated with two others on a research project called Nylon-6 Capillary Channeled Fibers as a Stationary Phase for Ion-Exchange Chromatography Separations of Proteins, during her Summer 2006 internship at Clemson University. Michelle presented her research at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium organized by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.

Natalia Martinez: The Role of Vitamin D in Breast Cancer

Natalia Martinez SAS'11 presented on the effects of radiation on Vitamin D actions in normal mammary cells at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, organized by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.

Denise Dailey: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Latinos

As part of her 2012 internship at the Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Undergraduate Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Denise Dailey SAS'14 and a partner conducted research on how biochemical and socioeconomic factors account for the low prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in Latinos. Their slideshow presentation is below:


COSMOS students pick up trash and collect data at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle as participants in International Coastal Clean-up Day.COSMOS — which stands for Creating Opportunities for Success in Math Or Science — is a living-learning community designed specifically for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Math or Environmental Studies.

The community, which was started in Fall 2012, is located on the second floor of Ursula Hall. Students in COSMOS have two common rooms in their wing, one for group study and another for quiet study.

Students also have access to a Resource Room in the lower lounge of Ursula Hall. The Resource Room includes equipment to support academic achievement in each of these disciplines including: microscopes and slides, a molecular model set, calculators, an anatomical model, and a skeleton.

COSMOS programming has included participation in a citizen science effort on International Coastal Cleanup Day, a Food from the Campus Garden cooking program, a presentation on study skills for science and math, and a visit to the Museum of Mathematics.

Science and Math Society

Many biology majors join the Science and Math Society, an organization that builds community and raises awareness about all things science and math on campus. In doing this, SAMS brings students together to pursue academic, social, and philanthropic activities.

SAMS members organize study sessions, informative field trips to many New York City venues including "Bodies: The Exhibition" and the MoMath Museum, and film screenings on topics such as genetics and the environment. Annually, the group hosts an Alumnae Panel, which allows for current students to meet and network with successful graduates.

SAMS members serve the community by organizing fundraisers for breast cancer research and to purchase vitamins and school supplies for children locally and in developing countries. They recently met with representatives from Girls, Inc. to plan a mentoring program in which SAMS members will encourage young girls to pursue careers in science and math.

In addition to the occasional potluck dinner, each year, the group creatively celebrates Mole Day and Pi Day.



Westchester Chemical Society

The following students have been honored by the Westchester Chemical Society for outstanding achievement in first year chemistry:

  • Ronika Jacobs SAS'16
  • Bojana Demirovic SAS'14
  • Ramya Bharathi SAS'14
  • Denise Dailey SAS'14
  • Jessica Catherine Kottwitz SAS'12
  • Akosuah Agyei SAS'12
  • Sherly Mathew SAS'10

James J. McBride Award

The following students received the James J. McBride Award upon graduating with honors as chemistry majors:

  • Denise Dailey SAS'14
  • Rajwant Sandu SAS'13
  • Akosuah Agyei SAS'12
  • Rhanda Hussein SAS'10
  • Meghan Showell SAS'09
  • Binh Phong SAS'08
  • Michelle Permaul SAS'07

Chemistry Lecture Series

The department invites speakers to campus to enrich the education of chemistry students. Recent lectures, which have been open to the entire College community, include:

CSI — Where Science Meets the Law: Career Opportunities in Forensics

September 24, 2013, by Robert A. Adamo, Director of the Division of Forensic Science, Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research, Valhalla, New York.

Foundations of Italian Regional Cuisine

October 2011, by Master Chef John Nocita and Executive Chef Sabrina Mancin of the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts, open to the public.

A dish is only as good as the raw materials used to devise it.

This unique program gives participants a profound understanding of several of Italy's best, and least, known cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, vinegars, spices, flours, grains, precious truffles and many more elements necessary for masters to master the art of Italian Regional Haute Cuisine. Most importantly, it will enable chefs to produce and personalize raw ingredients for short or long term conservation enabling them to create signature recipes that are truly unequaled.

During this program, participants will acquire a fundamental knowledge of Regional Italian Cuisine, not only making them more skillful culinary professionals but better consumers and restaurant patrons as well. Pairing wines, understanding the truths and myths about "Italian food" and bridging the gap between classic Italian cuisine and modern standards of healthful eating are strengths that are rare even for experienced professionals.

Degustation and gustatory analysis are the processes by which culinarians taste and analyze each single ingredient and classifies them according to intensity and region thus enabling him or her to create dishes and recipes authentically and, if necessary, to make suitable substitutions based on a clear guideline.

The day culminates with the preparation of ‘component' ingredients, the technique by which raw materials that are personalized for specific clientèle and which recognize the limitations in availability of some Italian products allowing participants to create authentic Italian haute cuisine anywhere in the world.

By integrating culinary training with cultural knowledge, the program is designed to give individuals the techniques necessary for new recipe development. Through an examination of taste, ingredients, and flavoring techniques, participants discover how to structure new dishes, meals and menus.

This course is accredited by the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts.

What You Need to Know About Admission to Medical School

December 2008, by Noreen Kerrigan, Dean of Admissions for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, open to the College community.

Charles David Keeling — The Story of Atmospheric CO2 Measurements

November 2007, by Daniel C. Harris, Ph.D.

Daniel Harris is a senior scientist in the Research Department at the Naval Air Systems Command in China Lake, California, where he has worked since 1983.

He is the author of the textbooks "Quantitative Chemical Analysis," "Exploring Chemical Analysis," and "Symmetry and Spectroscopy." He has chemistry degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology, and has taught chemistry at the University of California Davis and at Franklin and Marshall College.

Charles David Keeling (1928-2005) began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide atop the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii in 1957. His measurements are the single most important data that awakened mankind to potential global-scale environmental effects of our activities. The Keeling Curve, which shows the annual increase in CO2, stimulated awareness as a result of burning fossil fuel.

This biographical talk describes how the Mauna Loa measurements began and explains the scientific principles of the measurement techniques.

Adventures in Forensic Science

April 2007, by expert forensic scientist John A. Reffner, Ph.D.

Dr. Reffner is a Special Consultant to the Connecticut State Police and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Science. He is a microscpectroscopist who has been involved in forensic science most of his life. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science.

In 2000, Dr. Reffner was a recipient of the prestigious William-Wright Award for his contributions in microspectroscopy. He is also an inventor of devices for detection of trace components used for security systems. Upon retiring in 1998, Dr. Reffner formed TRACE Consulting and in 1999 un-retired by joining SensIR Technologies where he continues to be a Senior Consultant. For the previous 10 years Dr. Reffner worked for Spectra-Tech Inc., first as a Corporate Fellow and for the last three years as Research Director. In this role Dr. Reffner led the technical development of infrared microspectroscopy.

Prior to joining Spectra-Tech, he was a Principal Scientist with American Cyanamid (1977-87), Assistant Director of the Institute of Material Sciences at the University of Connecticut (1966-77) and Research Director at McCrone Associates, Chicago, Illinois (1958-66). His undergraduate education was at Akron University. He received a master's degree at Illinois Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

How Can FTIR Help the Chemist?

April 2007 and March 2009, by world-renowned FTIR spectroscopist Norman B. Colthup, Ph.D. In-class lectures for Analytical Chemistry students.

Dr. Colthup is known for his lucid and detailed lectures on the theory and interpretation of both infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

He is a recipient of the Williams-Wright Award in Industrial Spectroscopy, and has had a pivotal role in the development of infrared spectroscopy over the past 60 years, starting in 1944, with the publication of the first infrared spectra-structure correlation chard.

Dr. Colthup is the author of numerous applications of FTIR, as well as "Introduction to Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy," with Stephen E. Wiberley and Lawrence H. Daly; and "The Handbook of Infrared and Raman Characteristic Frequencise of Organic Molecules," with Daimay Lin-Vien, William G. Fately, and Jeanette G. Grasselli.

Special Lectures

Water Testing of Tibbetts Brook, September 2011, by Taro Ietaka, curator of Cranberry Lake Park in White Plains. An in-class lecture to Chemical Principles I students and guests.

Automatic Titrations, May 2010, by Jonathan Mangano of Metrohm-Brinkmann Instruments, an in-class lecture to Chemical Principles II laboratory students.

Monitoring the Westchester County Watershed, September 2009, by Susan Darling, associate environmental planner for the Westchester County Department of Planning. An in-class lecture to Chemical Principles I students and guests.

Mass Spectrometry: Instrumentation and Interpretation, April 2007, by Michael Piquette of Cytec Industries Inc., a lecture for Analytical Chemistry students.

NMR Spectroscopy as an Analytical Technique, April 2007, by Douglas Harris, Ph.D., of Cytec Industries Inc, for Analytical Chemistry students.