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Four Year Plan

TAS: Chemistry (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
Stephen Anderson

Sarah Bolton

Anita J. Brandolini

Jay Carreon
Arthur M. Felix

Carol Frishberg
Seung-Sup Kim
Robert Mentore


About the Major

The study of chemistry provides an understanding of matter and its transformation and reactions. It is central to the understanding of biological and environmental problems. Far from being an esoteric discipline, chemistry has a profound influence on everyday lives. Chemicals are added to food and water for health, preservation, and taste. Synthetic polymers are being used to replace natural materials in furniture and clothing. The major mode of transportation, the automobile, uses the energy released by chemical reactions to start and move. The human body manufactures hormones and enzymes that regulate the living process. Medicine cabinets are stocked with drugs whose chemistry affects the state of body and mind.

The chemistry major at Ramapo, offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science, gives its students an in-depth grasp of theoretical concepts as well as a variety of practical skills. In the first year, students take Fundamentals of Chemistry, an introduction to modern chemical theory presented through the study of atomic and molecular structure. In the next three years, courses in organic, analytical/instrumental, and physical chemistry increase understanding. A selection of chemistry electives, including Cooperative Education placements, independent research study, and a broad range of special topic electives, allow senior students to concentrate in any one of six areas: theoretical, organic, biochemistry, and analytical/ environmental chemistry. Many interdisciplinary courses are offered by other major programs in TAS. Students are encouraged to plan a program of study that includes courses from a number of sciences. Many of the scientific advances of this modern age are in interdisciplinary areas such as biophysics, materials science, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, protein biotechnology, and environmental science.

Ramapo and Rutgers University also offer a joint B.S./Graduate Degree program in chemistry that may make it possible for an ambitious student to complete requirements for a B.S./M.S. in five years or a B.S./ Ph.D. in seven years.

Ramapo's safety-conscious laboratories rely upon contemporary instrumentation, including infrared, ultraviolet-visible, fluorescence, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, liquid and gas chromatographs, GC/MS, and atomic absorption instruments. Laboratory courses offer a hands-on approach and provide students with valuable experience in technical and analytical skills.

The program is approved by the American Chemical Society. All Ramapo students graduating with a major in chemistry can be certified by the ACS if they have taken certain specified courses.

Job opportunities available to chemistry majors encompass a wide range of activities and institutions. Private industry offers the largest number of positions for chemists, with additional opportunities in federal, state and local government laboratories, research institutes, hospitals, and analytical laboratories. The variety of jobs includes laboratory work, sales, technical service, and administration in the areas of product development, research and production. A bachelor's degree in chemistry is also a valuable background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary work as well as in chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology.

The chemistry faculty is actively engaged in scientific research. Among their interests are such widely diverse areas as structure and dynamics of ultrathin organic and biopolymer films, biomaterials science, spectroscopy of biological macromolecules, quantum chemistry, peptide/protein science, medicinal chemistry, organometallic synthesis, catalysis, green chemistry and computer simulations of experiments. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty supervised research projects, under the TAS Research Honors Program. These students agree to a two-semester commitment to do research with a faculty mentor and present their findings at Ramapo and/or external symposia. Opportunities to do more extensive research with faculty are also available. Chemistry majors may also work in Ramapo's Cooperative Education program, where industrial work experience, for which students earn money and credit simultaneously, alternates with full-time or part-time study.

Ramapo students graduating with a major in chemistry will:

  • have a general knowledge of the basic area of biochemistry and have the ability to apply it in a problem-solving environment; be proficient in basic chemical, biochemical, and physical laboratory skills
  • have had the opportunity of conducted a research project as part of an upper level course or as a participant in active, individual laboratory research within the college or appropriate cooperative education assignment
  • have the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both orally and in writing
  • have an understanding of the principles and applications of modern instrumentation, computation, experimental design, and data analysis
  • have the ability to formulate and carry out strategies for solving scientific problems

Ramapo has up-to-date laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and physics that are utilized in the major. There are opportunities for students to do research with faculty and for experiential learning through cooperative education in nearby industry. The program is supported by computer labs that are available for student use to supplement the instruction in the lecture and laboratories. The major in chemistry is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF THEORETICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
SELECT ONE Science In Cultural Perspective course:
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS
PHIL 328 BIO-ETHICS
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
SCIN 343 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
SCIN 405 FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION
SCIN 425 SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 481 SCIENCE LAW AND FEMINISM
SCIN 489 SCIENCE AND LAW
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
CHEMISTRY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 323 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 340 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
CHEM 341 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LAB
CHEM 342 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE
CHEM 343 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LAB
CHEM 424 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LECTURE/LAB
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
MATH 223 CALCULUS III
MATH 224 CALCULUS IV
PHYS 114 PHYSICS I WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 115 PHYSICS II WITH CALCULUS LECTURE/LAB
SELECT TWO Chemistry Electives (one at 400 level):
BIIN 351 PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND MODELING
CHEM 345 MATERIALS SCIENCE
CHEM 388 CO-OP-CHEMISTRY
PHYS 423 QUANTUM MECHANICS I
CHEM 421 ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEM 425 BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 426 EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEMISTRY LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 443 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 445 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
CHEM 446 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 450 SPECIAL TOPICS
CHEM 400 INDEPENDENT STUDY: CHEMISTRY
ENSC 340 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
SRSH 301 TAS - RESEARCH HONORS*
SRSH 302 TAS - RESEARCH HONORS*
SRSH 401 TAS - RESEARCH HONORS* (with distinction)
SRSH 402 TAS - RESEARCH HONORS* (with distinction)
* Research can contribute as one elective only. A second elective is still required.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB

Select TWO of the following Chemistry electives:

CHEM 323 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 340 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
CHEM 424 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 443 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB
ENSC 340 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LECTURE/LAB

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


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