Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

(Division of Science)

Distinguished Professor Ruth Stark, Chair • Department Office: MR 1024 • Tel: 212-650-8402

General Information

The City College offers the following undergraduate degree in Chemistry:

B.S. in Chemistry

B.S. in Biochemistry

B.S./M.S. in Chemistry (Combined Degree)

Programs and Objectives

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, established in 1849, offers instruction and research training in the following areas:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

The B.S. program is available for students planning to go into advanced study, government service, the health professions, and secondary school education. There are a number of pathways by which students may specialize in chemistry. The Standard Chemistry curriculum is the program of choice for those who have not yet decided upon their specific career goals and who wish to maximize their opportunities. The Environmental Concentration is for students wishing to pursue an industrial or graduate career in the environmental sciences. Students taking this concentration are trained to identify the effects of chemical species on the environment, to trace the sources, reactions and fates of such species and to devise chemical methods for treating environmental problems and bringing them under control. The Secondary Education Concentration is for students who plan to become secondary school teachers upon graduation. Detailed curricula for each concentration may be obtained by phoning or visiting the Department Office.

There is no "premed major" as such at City College. Premedical students major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry or some other discipline while completing the requirements for admission into medical school. The Department cooperates closely with the Program in Premedical Studies (PPS), a program of the Division of Science. This program features a curriculum which integrates a variety of learning experiences specifically preparing participants to meet the requirements of medical, dental and veterinary schools, and also the requirements for admission into physician’s assistant and physical therapy advanced degree programs.