Many people think of chemists as white-coated scientists mixing strange liquids in a laboratory. While that image is accurate for some chemists, chemistry is far more than that. Chemistry is part of everything we do, everything we eat, and everything we are. Understanding chemistry can help you understand the world around you—and Buffalo State College can help you understand chemistry in its Chemistry Program.
“Buffalo State has my exact major and I wanted a city-like life,” said Albany High School graduate and Buffalo State chemistry major Elena Thompson. “After visiting the campus and sitting in on a few classes, I couldn’t wait to attend.”
“Chemistry and physics seminars enable students, faculty, and staff to hear presentations on topics in current chemistry and physics research given by speakers from industry, government, and academia,” said Jinseok Heo, associate professor of chemistry and coordinator of the Chemistry/Physics Lecture Series. “It introduces undergraduates at Buffalo State to topics that go beyond the curriculum.”
Mark T. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1994. Now, a senior scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, he’s a member of the research team that developed Kalydeco, the first prescription medicine to treat an underlying cause of Cystic Fibrosis. In 2014, he won Buffalo State’s Young Alumnus Award.
The bachelor of science (BS) degree in chemistry offers a strong background in chemistry while providing students with two concentration options: traditional chemistry and biochemistry. Both concentrations are approved by the American Chemical Society.
Graduates of the traditional chemistry program are fully prepared to assume entry-level positions as chemists with industrial or governmental laboratories or to begin more specialized programs of study at the graduate level. The biochemistry concentration prepares students for both professional programs in health-related professions and advanced studies in biochemistry.
What makes Buffalo State’s chemistry program a good choice? Here are just a few of the reasons:
Buffalo State is committed to providing its students with opportunities to develop their skills and enhance their career potential outside the classroom. Program-related opportunities that would appeal to chemistry majors include:
Chemistry is used mainly in the scientific, manufacturing, and medical industries. Graduates of our program are fully prepared to assume entry-level positions as chemists with industrial or governmental laboratories or to begin more specialized programs of study at the graduate level. Professional positions that require a strong grasp of chemistry include:
Our students have the opportunity to work as research assistants, teaching assistants, and to complete independent studies under the supervision of chemistry faculty members. As an institution, Buffalo State backs its commitment by putting substantial financial resources behind faculty-mentored undergraduate research. The Undergraduate Research Office promotes, supports, and funds undergraduate research in all academic areas—from the sciences to the arts—and for all committed students. More than 400 students present their research through posters and performances each year at the Student Research and Creativity Conference. They also compete for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships, which support eight weeks of paid research activity
We also encourage students to pursue internships prior to graduation. Internships provide an opportunity for students to acquire realistic working experience in the “real world.” Our chemistry students have landed internships at prestigious companies including:
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