Chemistry Minor

Available to all baccalaureate majors, this minor is intended for students who wish to incorporate a study of chemistry into their academic background. The chemistry minor consists of 16 - 17 credit hours of four chemistry courses, with the exception of RAM 303. Chemistry minors must complete the required courses with a grade of B or better in each course. There is also a residency requirement at Farmingdale State College for the organic chemistry sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn chemical concepts and information beyond the standard expectations of their majors
  • Students will discover the applications of chemical principles in their future careers

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Chemistry | Dr. Glen Hinckley, Chair | chemistry@farmingdale.edu | 934-420-2221

Fall 2020

Subject to revision

Required:
CHM 270 Organic Chemistry I1 5
CHM 271 Organic Chemistry II1 5
Two Upper-Divisional Courses from the following list:
CHM 380 Biochemistry 4
CHM 381 Advanced Biochemistry 3
CHM 480 Chemistry Research I 3
CHM 481 Chemistry Research II 3
RAM 303 Research Experience2 3

Curriculum Summary

Total Required Credits: 16-17

The organic chemistry sequence and biochemistry must be taken in residence at Farmingdale State College.

2. The Research Experience must be done with a Chemistry professor.

CHM 270 Organic Chemistry I

A study of the compounds of carbon involving a thorough integration of observation and theory and emphasizing the relationships between structures, properties, mechanisms and reactions. This course, intended for science and pre-professional majors, covers topics such as bonding and structure, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloaliphatic hydrocarbons, stereochemistry, dienes, benzene, electrophilic aromatic substitution, arenes, spectroscopy and structure determination. Note: the laboratory course CHM 270L is a part of your grade for this course. Attendance in the laboratory course is required. Approved eye-protection and a laboratory coat are required materials. A student must pass the laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the entire course. Prerequisite(s): CHM 153

CHM 271 Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of CHM 270. Topics covered include: alkyl and aryl halides, alcohols and phenols, ethers and epoxides, carboxylic acids, esters, anhydrides, aldehydes, ketones, amines, amino acids, carbohydrates, heterocycles and polymers. Note: the laboratory course CHM 271L is a part of your grade for this course. Attendance in the laboratory course is required. Approved eye-protection and a laboratory coat are required materials. A student must pass the laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the entire course. Prerequisite(s): CHM 270 with a grade of C- or higher

CHM 380 Biochemistry

A one semester course covering the fundamentals of biochemistry. Topics covered include: the structure and function of important biomolecules such as carbohydrates lipids, amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics and the use of cofactors and coenzymes; and metabolic pathways including glycolysis, TCA, electron transport system, fatty acid and amino acid pathways. Laboratory work includes current biochemical laboratory techniques such as chromatography and electrophoresis, application of specific topics described above, and analysis of data from laboratory experiments. Note: the laboratory course CHM 380L is a part of your grade for this course. Attendance in the laboratory course is required. Approved eye-protection and a laboratory coat are required materials. A student must pass the laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the entire course. Prerequisite(s): CHM 260 or CHM 271

CHM 381 Advanced Biochemistry

A continuation of the concepts covered in Biochemistry. Students will examine the pathways, enzymes, and organic chemical mechanisms involved in the metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleic acids, and photosynthesis. Additional emphasis will be placed on the unique coenzymes that are required for these metabolisms. Students will also be trained in reading and interpreting research publications in biochemistry. Prerequisite(s): CHM 271 and CHM 380

CHM 480 Chemistry Research I

Chemistry Research I represents substantial projects or work experiences for 135 hours earning 3 credits. Students will work alongside chemistry faculty in their professional research. Registration requires submission of resume three months in advance, chemistry faculty invitation or recommendation, and department chair approval. Prerequisite(s): CHM 270 and Permission of Department Chair.

CHM 481 Chemistry Research II

Chemistry Research II represents substantial projects or work experiences for 135 hours earning 3 credits. Students will work alongside chemistry faculty in their professional research. Registration requires submission of resume three months in advance, chemistry faculty invitation or recommendation, and department chair approval. Prerequisite(s): CHM 480 with a grade of B or higher and Permission of Department Chair.

RAM 303 Research Experience

This hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor is the culminating experience for students enrolled in the Research Aligned Mentorship (RAM) program. Students will be placed in research experiences on the Farmingdale Campus or off-campus in major universities, research laboratories, businesses, industry, government, horticultural gardens, and other settings that fit their academic interests and career goals.