Chemistry, B.S.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

As a chemistry student, you’ll consider the nature of matter and its transformation and interaction with energy. You’ll train to work at the forefront of scientific and medical research in industry, government, and academia, and, upon graduation, will join alumni employed as chemists across a range of fields—from government labs testing food, air, and water quality to private industries seeking new sources of energy. The Chemistry Department has particular strength in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry, and departmental research has led to patents and commercial technologies. The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry requires more advanced science and mathematics courses than the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Chemistry, B.S.

Where You'll Go

With a background and training in chemistry, you could become a material scientist, chemical technician, lab manager, biochemist, dentist, teacher, or any other related profession. A chemistry degree is also vital for anyone who wants to practice patent law, for instance, or conduct research in state-of-the-art medical labs.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (67–79 Credits)

One of the following sets of courses:

Students must complete either Chemistry 2100 or both Chemistry 2200 and 2201.

All of the following: Chemistry 21103410 or 3415W3510 or both 3511 and 35123520 or both  3521 and 3522, 3900, 46104620.

At least nine credits chosen from the following: Chemistry  2700, 3420, 4530, 4550, 4570, 4571, 4572, 4580, 4581, 4640472047604761, and either 4780 or 4790.

One of the following physics sequences:

The following mathematics sequence:

  • Math 1006 or assignment by the Department of Mathematics to Math 10111012, or 1026
  • Math 10111012, or 1021 and 1026, or assignment by the Department of Mathematics to Math 1201 or 1206
  • Math 1201, or assignment by the Department of Mathematics to Math 1206
  • Math 1206 and 2201.

A college-wide minimum of 24 credits in advanced courses in chemistry must be completed at Brooklyn College with a grade of C- or higher in each course.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for a B.S. degree with a major in chemistry must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics, 24 of which must be completed in advanced courses in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. These 24 credits must be completed at Brooklyn College with a grade of C- or higher in each course. Specific course requirements for a B.S. degree are described above.

The following courses may be applied toward the 60 credits in science and mathematics:

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Students can recall and apply the basic principles of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
  • Students demonstrate a detailed understanding of specific areas of chemistry as determined by the student’s choice of elective courses and research experience.
  • Students can make informed ethical decisions with regard to the verification of their results, reporting of their methodology and observations, and their citation of sources.


  • Students demonstrate the ability to use common laboratory equipment and to maintain experimental records.
  • Students can critically analyze data and assess possible sources of error.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to search scientific literature to address both conceptual and factual questions.
  • Students can communicate scientific concepts effectively in both written and oral formats.
  • Students can assess the hazards associated with laboratory procedures and apply suitable safety precautions.

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