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Chemistry (B.S.)

Our program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is offered in two forms. Students may choose the certified degree program, which is approved by the American Chemical Society. The certified program includes a two-semester research project, which qualified students may take at INVEST. Another program, which is non-certified, is more flexible and may be suitable for students interested in non-research oriented careers. With careful planning, qualified students taking the non-certified program can complete the BS in Chemistry through Russell Sage College, and the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through the School of Management and Business, in just five years. See also Biochemistry. With advisement, students who intend to enter the Physical Therapy profession may complete the non-certified BS in Chemistry leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) through the School of Health Sciences. A minor in Chemistry is also available at Russell Sage College.

A major in Chemistry can lead to a rewarding career in industry, research, or teaching. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees in the subject. The ACS-Certified major may be tailored to meet the requirements for entrance into medical, dental or veterinary schools. Students who wish to pursue this option will be assigned a pre-med advisor.

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry


Russell Sage College is home to the Incubator for New Ventures in Science and Technology (INVEST). The incubator facilities house one or more tenant companies that are in the development phase, and are able to benefit greatly from the exchange of ideas with our faculty and students. To apply for a project through INVEST, contact Dr. Tom Keane, Associate Professor of Chemistry, at (518) 244-2299 or e-mail [email protected] All internship and senior research students are nominated by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Application portfolios are then submitted to the tenant company’s Human Resources Department after final approval by Sage’s Academic Liaison to INVEST. Final decisions regarding internships, research projects etc are made by the tenant company.

Duration: minimum of 1 academic semester for internship, 1 academic year for senior research.

Description: the internship/research project may include any or all of the following: Synthetic methodology, data collection and analysis.

Presentation(s) of research findings to the R&D, Engineering, Quality Control and Manufacturing groups of Evident
Technologies as well as departmental presentations as required by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The applicant should be familiar with laboratory safety and chemical handling practices, have a background in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis and in performing standard chemical laboratory procedures, have experience using/operating various types of analytical equipment and instrumentation, such as:

  • pH meters
  • FTIR
  • NMR
  • UV/Vis Spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • HPLC
  • GC and GC-MS

and the applicant should be proficient with MS Excel and MS Word. Chemistry courses providing the appropriate background include:

Ideally an applicant’s background would also include both Physical Chemistry (CHM 305  and CHM 306 ) and Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 404 ), which may be taken concurrently with the internship/research project. A minimum GPA 3.2 in chemistry with 3.2 overall GPA is required of all applicants. Supporting documentation will include an official transcript and three letters of recommendation from faculty, one being from the Academic Liaison to INVEST.

Accelerated MBA option

Students in the non-certified program can combine the study of Chemistry with courses in Accounting, Economics, and Management leading to accelerated completion of the Master’s in Business Administration at Sage in a total of five years (ten semesters). These additional undergraduate courses can substitute for the MBA Proficiency courses, provided the student earns a grade of B or better in each. The decision to pursue this option should be made by the end of the first year, since the sequence of courses is compressed. Students wishing to enter the MBA program do so in their senior year, upon meeting the criteria for accelerated admission to Sage Graduate School including a minimum 3.0 overall GPA. Eligible students may take two graduate courses during their senior year for graduate credit, with advisor approval and permission of the appropriate graduate school dean. Count the credits carefully! These courses may satisfy undergraduate requirements, or if they are completed beyond the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree, may satisfy graduate requirements. They may not be used to satisfy both requirements simultaneously. Undergraduate students hoping to enroll in graduate coursework should be aware of the restrictions on the policies that support acceleration. No undergraduate degree can be completed with fewer than 120 credits. The graduate degree must include a minimum of 30 credits beyond the 120 required for the baccalaureate degree. Students in undergraduate programs should seek advisement from their program advisor and from the graduate program to which they will apply, to ensure that the courses selected apply to the appropriate programs. An application to the accelerated MBA program must be completed.

Suggested Course Sequence for Students in BS in Chemistry (Non-Certified) leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Students interested in physical therapy (PT) as a career may select the Non-Certified Chemistry BS as their undergraduate major. Students complete requirements for the major, RSC general education courses, and PT program prerequisites during their first three years of study. Qualified students who meet PT program GPA requirements accelerate into the PT graduate courses in the fourth year and complete the baccalaureate degree in Chemistry. Students complete two more graduate academic years, and earn the DPT.