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Chemistry Curriculum


B.Sc. in Chemistry with ACS-certification

Please see the Academic Bulletin for course requirements. To earn the ACS-certification, you must add Biochemistry Lab I, Inorganic Chemistry Lab I, and a Chemistry elective.

Fordham offers an American Chemical Society-approved program in chemistry for students intending to pursue graduate studies or work in industry. As part of the nationally recognized and approved chemistry programs, this department has been evaluated with respect to the breadth and depth of courses offered, the qualifications of the faculty, the available facilities and instrumentation, access to current chemical literature, and the opportunity to pursue meaningful research with faculty members.

The certified degree requires at least 400 hours of hands-on laboratory experiences beyond general chemistry. These laboratories will expose you to the primary fields of chemistry and will require you to solve real chemical problems using modern instruments and proper laboratory techniques. Participation in undergraduate research is not required, but is strongly encouraged.


B.Sc. in Chemistry without ACS-certification (Pre-Health)

Often Pre-Health students will follow a non-ACS-certified track through the Chemistry major. This eliminates the requirements of Biochemistry Lab I and Inorganic Chemistry Lab I, as well as the Chemistry elective. Please see the Academic Bulletin for specific Pre-Health requirements. Regardless of your major, the Pre-Health Professions track requires you to take:

  • One year of General Chemistry (with lab)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  • One semester of Biochemistry (no lab)

Biochemistry Minor

The Biochemistry minor is an interdisciplinary minor in the Department of Chemistry (FCRH) and the Department of Biological Sciences (FCRH). It is an opportunity for you to explore specialized topics that will prepare you for careers in the health professions, such as clinical biochemistry, forensic science, biotechnologist, physician associate, nursing, and biomedical engineering.

The course requirements for the Biochemistry Minor are listed here and on the Academic Bulletin:

  • Biochemistry I with Lab (CHEM4221/4231)
  • Biochemistry II (CHEM4222)
  • General Genetics with Lab (BISC2539/BISC2549 or NSCI3133/ NSCI3833)
  • Molecular Biology (BISC3752 or NSCI4176/NSCI876)
  • Two electives outside your major chosen from the following:
    • Microbiology with lab (BISC3643 & BISC3653)
    • Cell Biology (BISC3754)
    • Quantitative Analysis (CHEM3721)
    • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM3622)
    • Biomimetic Chemistry (CHEM4241)
    • Bionanotechnology & Nanomedicine (CHEM4621)
    • Immunology with lab (NSCI2122/NSCI2822)
    • Pharmacological Chemistry (NSCI 4080; Neurochemistry (NSCI4081)
    • Cell & Developmental Biology (NSCI3154; lab NSCI3184) optional)
    • Advanced Microbiology with lab (NSCI41331/NSCI4833).

(Note: General and Organic Chemistry are pre-requisites for Biochemistry.) 


4+1 Master of Science in Education Program

Complete a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Teaching in a 5-year integrated track. Find more information at the Graduate School of Education or see the Academic Bulletin for the Masters course requirements.


3-2 Engineering Program

Combine a B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry and B.Sc. in Engineering. The cooperative program in engineering is an educational affiliation between Fordham University and the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University, which enables students to prepare for careers in applied science or engineering. We are also affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Please see the Academic Bulletin for more information and course requirements.


Chemistry Minor

A little chemistry is better than none! Chemistry Minors get a strong basic foundation in modern chemical theory and practice that can augment or complement a major, and affords them sufficient background to engage in research projects with faculty mentors and fellow undergraduates. Please see the Academic Bulletin for the course requirements of the Minor.