Earn your B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry with the best combination of real-world research experience, state-of-the-art education, and personalized attention in the Rochester area. 

  • The B.A. degree program provides a broad educational foundation to prepare students for industrial employment, pre-professional training in medicine and pharmacy, or certification for secondary education.

  • The B.S. degree program is recommended for students who wish to pursue graduates studies or industrial employments.

Program Highlights


This major will prepare you for a career in chemistry, biochemistry, health science professions, chemical education or engineering, and secondary education.


Gain hands-on experience working with expert faculty in state-of-the-art instrumentation and cutting edge science facilities.


Integrate your Christian faith with science while being involved in the community and department.

B.A. Program Credits: 138

General Education: 90

Major/Concentration: 48

  • Chemistry (Required): 30 minimum
  • Computer Science: 2 minimum
  • Mathematics: 8
  • Physics: 8

NOTE: BCH 100-Basic Biochemistry (3) will be required before enrolling in the major courses listed above if it is determined that remediation is needed in biology or chemistry.

Standard Completion Time
Four Years

B.S. Program Credits: 124

General Education: 60

Major/Concentration: 62

  • Chemistry (Required): 38 minimum
  • One additional 400-level chemistry course: 3
  • Mathematics: 12
  • Physics: 8-12

NOTE: BCH 100-Basic Biochemistry (3) will be required before enrolling in the major courses listed above if it is determined that remediation is needed in biology or chemistry.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

What Will I Learn?

Students in both majors will take foundational courses such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and introduction to research & scientific communication. Examples of specialized courses include instrumental analysis, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, medicinal chemistry, and advanced inorganic chemistry.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Physician Assistant
  • Terminal Degrees
  • High School Teachers
  • Professional Schools
  • Industry and Research
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Professional Services Representative
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Medical Doctor
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist
  • Research Laboratory Technician

Graduate Schools

  • Clarkson University
  • University of Rochester
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Saba University School of Medicine
  • Albany Medical College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Daemon College
  • University of Buffalo

Alumni Success

Jeff Wilkin '95

CSA International

Thomas Hughes '13

Semiconductor Process Engineer
LJ Gonzar Associates

Dan Booth '15

Research Chemist
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Cynthia Ruiz '12

Associate Chemist
Benjamin Moore Company

Who Will I Meet?


Richard Hagen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Director of Summer Academics

Richard Hagen earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Auburn University. With research specialization in biochemistry, he has a solid foundation in DNA extraction, genetic modification, enzymatic studies and experience with various laboratory techniques and instrumentation utilized by forensic science technicians. As a passionate biochemist, Richard hopes to pass on the same enthusiasm he has for the subject to his students.


Rachel Hutchinson, Chemistry '17

At Roberts, the professors are concerned not only about my academic success but also my well being and growth as a whole person. They are extremely supportive, caring, and always willing to take time to answer questions and meet with students one-on-one. Their support, encouragement and commitment to their students has helped me to persevere through challenges, be successful as a student, and participate in incredible opportunities like an international REU program.



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