BS in Chemistry

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The Dyson Advantage

Dyson College’s Departments of Chemistry and Physical Sciences on Pace University’s New York City and Westchester campuses offer Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degrees, both certified by the American Chemical Society. A prestigious “seal of approval” by the world’s chemists, this accreditation establishes Pace among the nation’s foremost universities and colleges in the field of chemical and physical sciences.  A BS in Physics is offered only on the Westchester campus.

Our program provides a unique opportunity to combine classroom theory with practical experience by offering students the ability to conduct research alongside faculty, in some cases as early as sophomore year, at the Haskins Laboratories on Pace’s New York City campus. Current research projects include biochemical studies of parasitic diseases with a view to developing new antimicrobial agents to combat disease by opportunistic infections of AIDS patients, sexually transmitted diseases and East African sleeping sickness. Our students present their research at national and international conferences and publish their work in leading peer-refereed journals in the area of their work.

Upon graduation our students will possess critical and analytical thinking skills, a creative mindset, scientific and instrumentation competency, and the specialized abilities required to perform proficiently and confidently in today’s world of science.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BS in Chemistry

A degree in Chemistry offers graduates a wide range of career options. By prudent selection of elective courses, in consultation with faculty advisors, chemistry majors may choose a specialization in pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-veterinary studies. They may also elect to specialize in such areas as analytical, experimental, environmental, forensics, theoretical, industrial chemistry or management science.

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Combined Degree Programs

Pace University, in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Manhattan College, offers combined programs in chemistry and engineering on the Westchester campus. These are 3+2 programs in which the student takes three years of instruction at Pace University and two years of instruction at RPI or Manhattan College. The chemistry bachelor’s degree is awarded by Pace University. An additional bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is awarded by Manhattan College, and additional bachelor’s degrees are awarded by RPI in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial and management engineering, or material engineering degrees. These unique programs combine a solid education in the basic sciences with a highly pragmatic understanding of the application of science to industry and business. They are programs suited to the Westchester area, a region with a large technical work force and the ongoing need for trained professionals.

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Dyson's Innovative Scholarly Faculty

Faculty members are actively engaged in a broad variety of research projects, including:

  • The synthesis of naturally derived compounds to act as antibacterial agents and the modification of fabrics that kill bacteria and fungi on contact (Dr. Rizzo);
  • Biochemistry of various parasitic protozoa particularly human African trypanosomiasis and opportunistic parasites of HIV positive individuals (Dr. Yarlett);
  • The application of various computer programs including PythonPrescription, AutoDockVina, and MGLTools to predict 3D protein structure of enzyme activ sites and substrate binding energies (Dr. Athanasopoulos);
  • Fluorogenic compounds for use as biomarkers and mercury sensors (Dr. Dai);
  • Investigation of factors that lead to increased oxidative and nitrative stress under conditions of inflammation and in disease states (Dr. Upmacis);
  • Utilization of nanoparticles in removal of heavy metals in aqueous samples and the development of molecular imprinted polymers to remove emerging contaminants and pollutants (Dr. Mojica);
  • Terahertz spectroscopy in the analysis and detection of narcotics and explosives (Dr. Karaalioglu).

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    Career Opportunities

    Chemists impact almost every aspect of modern life, from developing better materials for automobiles to designing new drugs to curing life-threatening diseases. Chemistry provides a strong background for careers in research, medicine, law, pharmacy, environmental sciences, engineering, business, technical writing and education. It also provides a foundation for graduate work in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, green chemistry, and nanochemistry, and for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and chemical engineering.

    Our graduates have an excellent rate of success whether they continue on to complete advanced degrees such as M.D.; D.M.D.; D.D.S.; D.O.; or Ph.D.; or if they proceed to work in industry. Chemistry and biochemistry degree majors are always in great demand and have higher than average admittance rates in medical and other health-related schools. Students who wish to pursue teaching careers in the sciences may continue their education at Pace University’s School of Education, which offers programs that lead to teacher certification in chemistry and earth science in accordance with the New York State Department of Education certification guidelines.

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