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Welcome to the Chemistry program!

About the Chemistry Department

Chemistry is the science of materials and their transformations, so the study of chemistry is an important part of understanding how many natural and engineered systems work. The study of chemistry can provide insights into the function of DNA and nanotechnology at the small scale, ecosystems and nebulae on the large scale, and many more familiar items such as foods, drugs and gasoline.

The chemistry program has been accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and closely follows the recommendations of that society in the design of its academic programs.

The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry include two semesters of each of the following areas: general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry; one semester of inorganic chemistry and biochemistry; and one upper-division chemistry elective. A student completing the program is certified by the ACS. Exceptions to ACS certification may be made by the department chair.

Each chemistry major will have the opportunity to participate in an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The department encourages all majors to become involved in the research program. An honors program in chemistry is also available. Please contact the department chair.

The chemistry major can be combined with a minor in biology, for students interested in health professions. It can be combined with the teacher certification program leading to provisional certification in teaching chemistry. It can lead to further studies in forensic sciences, such as the M.S. in Forensic Science or Biomedical Forensic Sciences at Syracuse University available through a 4+1 program. A pre-engineering track is available, which will prepare students for an M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University through a 4+1 program. An interdisciplinary major in biochemistry is available.

Courses & Requirements for Chemistry

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Chemistry major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Student Learning Goals

All students who graduate with a degree in chemistry should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Working knowledge of chemistry and its sub-disciplines (organic, analytical, inorganic, physical, biochemistry, polymer).
  2. Working knowledge of safe laboratory practices, including proper waste disposal and the environmental impact of chemistry.
  3. Working knowledge of a broad range of laboratory techniques, including proficiency with the major tools commonly used (quantitative, qualitative, instrumental); and the ability to interpret and analyze data generated by these tools.
  4. Working knowledge in using computers as a tool to carry out specific chemical calculations.
  5. Facility in constructing or using conceptual models of chemical systems using critical/analytical/logical thought.
  6. Working knowledge of the relationship between chemical theory and experimental design; an understanding of the role of “scientific method” in experimental design and data interpretation.
  7. Facility with the mathematical skills (up through differential and integral calculus) required to analyze and interpret conceptual models of chemical systems.
  8. Facility in using the scientific literature in order to broaden their base of chemical knowledge.
  9. Facility in clearly communicating scientific and technical information in a style appropriate to chemistry.
  10. General understanding of the relationship of chemistry to other natural sciences.

Meet the Faculty

Carmen Guinta

Carmen J. Giunta

Chair and Professor of Chemistry View Bio
Theresa Beaty

Theresa Beaty

Associate Professor of Chemistry View Bio
Anna Y. O'Brien

Anna Y. O'Brien

Associate Professor of Chemistry View Bio

Department News

Chemistry Faculty Present at National Conference

Two members of the Le Moyne chemistry faculty made presentations in the chemical education portion of the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston on Sunday, Aug. 16. Joe Mullins participated in the poster session, presenting a poster entitled, "Standardizing representations of electrons and electron movement." Carmen Giunta gave a talk titled, "The periodic table: highlights from the history of an icon," in a session for high school teachers.

Paper Published in Educational Journal

Carmen Giunta, professor of chemistry, had a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education: "The Mole and Amount of Substance in Chemistry and Education: Beyond Official Definitions."

Club President of the Year

Senior chemistry major and chemistry club president Allen Prusinowski received the 2015 Dolphin Choice award for Club President of the Year.

"Why We Do What We Do"

Two members of the chemistry faculty, Theresa Beaty and Joseph Mullins, wrote essays for the collection Why We Do What We Do: Essays by Le Moyne College Faculty, edited by Maura Brady and published in Fall 2014. Theresa Beaty's essay is titled "Why Do I Teach Biochemistry?" and Joseph Mullins's is "The Light of the Guiding Moon."

McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows

Senior Allen Prusinowski and sophomore Brian Wilson, both chemistry majors, are among the 10 students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2014-15 academic year. Each McDevitt Fellow works closely with a Le Moyne faculty mentor while conducting hands-on research in one of Le Moyne's labs or in the field. In addition, the fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by George Coyne S.J., McDevitt Chair in physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend. Dr. Joseph Mullins and Dr. Anna O'Brien are the faculty mentors of Prusinowski and Wilson, respectively.

Le Moyne Syracuse Partnership

A partnership between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College in undergraduate chemistry research was highlighted in Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News. Among the Le Moyne chemistry people pictured or quoted are Prof. Anna O'Brien and senior chemistry majors Cody Webb and Alan Prusinowski. President Linda Le Mura, Kate Costello-Sullivan (dean of arts and sciences) and Philip George (director of major and planned gifts) are also quoted in the story.

Student Researchers Go International

Cody Webb, a senior chemistry major, spent the summer at the Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria) carrying out research in collaboration with scientists at Graz and Syracuse University. He also spent time gathering data at the Elettra Synchrotron facility in Trieste, Italy, for a second time in 2014. Webb's work at Syracuse University with Prof. Karin Ruhlandt has been highlighted in the Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News and he is also quoted in a story on Prof. Ruhlandt.

Le Moyne REU Students

Webb and Maggio were the international contingent out of six Le Moyne chemistry students who participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at research institutions near and abroad. Senior Lindsay LaPaglia was in an REU program at the University of Rochester, and senior Alan Prusinowski, junior Cara Cawley, and sophomore Brian Wilson were REU students at Syracuse University.

Beaty Presents at Chemical Education Conference

Dr. Theresa Beaty made two presentations at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held in August 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Shades of Grey: Just Because It Can Be Done Doesn't Mean It Should Be Done," describing how students in a course for non-science majors discuss societal implications of biotechnology and drug development, was in a session on Liberal Arts Content in Chemistry Classrooms. "Connecting Basic Concepts to Experimental Data: In-Class Journal Clubs" in a session on Biochemistry Education, related how students in her biochemistry course analyze recent primary research articles and explain the most important findings to their peers.

Featured Students

Chemistry graduates apply what they learned at Le Moyne to professions, classrooms, and research labs in their next stage of their careers.

Michael Shriver

Michael Shriver

Chemistry/Biology / 2013

"The greatest aspect of Le Moyne is its ability to allow students to grow within the curriculum."

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Lynne Duffy

Lynne Duffy

Biology/Chemistry / 2006

"Being part of a caring community of professionals who are always willing to help out."

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Photo Cody Webb

Cody Webb

/ 2015

"It was a huge opportunity."

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Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Carmen Giunta


(315) 445-4128


Contact the Department:

Coyne Science Center 120
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-3201