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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 approved 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.

    Careers in Chemistry

    What can you do with a chemistry major? See the American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Careers site. Chemistry (with selected additional courses) is also a suitable major for careers in the health professions.

    Student Learning Goals

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

    1. Working knowledge of key concepts in chemistry and its sub-disciplines (organic, analytical, inorganic, physical, biochemistry) and understanding its relationship to other natural sciences.
    2. Working knowledge of a broad range of laboratory techniques, including: proficiency with important methods and tools, ability to interpret and analyze data generated by these methods and tools, and knowledge of safe and environmentally responsible laboratory practices.
    3. Facility in constructing or using conceptual models of chemical systems using critical/analytical/logical thought.
    4. 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.
    5. Facility with the mathematical skills (up through differential and integral calculus) required to analyze and interpret conceptual models of chemical systems.
    6. Facility with scientific communications: locating and evaluating scientific information and clearly communicating scientific and technical information in a style appropriate to chemistry.

    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

    Our Next Natural Science Seminar

    Upcoming Seminars
    Friday, March 24

    Acid pH and Metabolic Signaling in Cancer and Heart Attack
    Paul Brookes, Ph.D., Professor, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry

    Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) is an endogenous protective phenomenon, in which short bursts of ischemia can protect the heart from a prolonged ischemic attack. Despite over 20 years of study, the precise molecular mechanisms of protection are still unclear. The Brookes lab’ studies the mechanisms of cardioprotection induced by IPC, with a focus on events at the level of mitochondria. We use several model systems, ranging in complexity from isolated mitochondria, through isolated cardiomyocytes, to perfused rat hearts, and all the way up to in-vivo heart surgery in mice. These models enable us to study both the physiology of the heart, and the biochemical events underlying any physiological changes.

    Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

    Click here for the full schedule of Spring 2017 Natural Science seminars.

    Department News

    Summer Research in Austria
    Junior chemistry major Brian Wilson has secured a place in the iREU program (International Research Experience for Undergraduates) run by Syracuse University and the University of Graz, Austria. He will spend the summer doing chemical research in Graz. Wilson also earned an honorable mention in the national competition for Goldwater scholarships in science, mathematics, and engineering.

    Faculty Publications
    Carmen Giunta, professor of chemistry, had a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education: "What's in a Name? Amount of Substance, Chemical Amount, and Stoichiometric Amount." The same journal published his book review of Peter Morris's, The Matter Factory: A History of the Chemistry Laboratory (2016, 93(2), pp 223-224).

    Summer Research at NIST
    Junior chemistry major James Gayvert has earned a Summer Undergraduate Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    Le Moyne Hosts Science Olympiad
    Le Moyne College hosted Science Olympiad competitions for high school students at both the regional and state levels (Jan. 30 and March 11-12, respectively). Chemistry professor Carmen Giunta was site coordinator for both events and MC for the regional awards ceremony. Associate professor of chemistry Anna O'Brien was among the Le Moyne faculty who fielded questions from competitors in a round of "Stump the Profs" at the state competition.

    Conference Presentation
    Carmen Giunta presented an invited paper and a poster in the history of chemistry portion of the 251st national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego on March 14. The presentations were titled, "Dmitri Mendeleev's Nobel-prize-losing Research.”

    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.

    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."

    View Story
    Lynne Duffy

    Lynne Duffy

    Biology/Chemistry / 2006

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

    View Story
    Photo Cody Webb

    Cody Webb

    / 2015

    "It was a huge opportunity."

    View Story

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Carmen Giunta


    (315) 445-4128


    Contact the Department:

    Coyne Science Center 230
    Department of Chemistry
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4349


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