B.A. in Chemistry

Chemistry Students Performing an experiment in Lab
Recrytallization of Aspirin
Chemistry Student Performing an experiment in Lab
Chemistry Students Performing an experiment in Lab with Dr. Berki
Students discussing their observations from an experiment

The Chemistry major at Caldwell University is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as a chemist or for entry into health professional careers and admission to graduate/professional schools. The major offers four tracks for a BA in chemistry. The tracks allow students to choose an area of concentration that reflects their interests and career goals. The University also offers a Scholar’s program for eligible students. Requirements for the various tracks are described below.

Caldwell University has designed a chemistry major with tracks to support a variety of student interests and career goals.


  • Career Tracks
  • 7-year combined undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Personalized attention and small class size
  • Caldwell Scholars Program
  • Pre-Health advising
  • Pre-Law advising
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Opportunity for faculty directed student research
Course Requirements Tracks Objectives Highlights Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry Courses:

  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Analytical Chemistry with lab
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Synthesis of Drugs
  • Spectroscopy
  • Seminar in Chemistry

Supportive Mathematics and Sciences:

  • General Biology I and II with labs
  • General Physics I and II with labs
  • Calculus I and II

Sample 4-Year Plan 

Year Fall Spring
Freshman General Chemistry I with lab, Calculus I, General Biology I with lab, English 111, Freshman Seminar (1 credit) General Chemistry II with lab, Calculus II, General Biology II with lab, Two core classes
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab, General Physics I with lab, Three core classes Organic Chemistry II with lab, General Physics II with lab, Three core classes
Junior Physical Chemistry I, Analytical Chemistry I with lab, Three core classes Physical Chemistry II, Biochemistry, Two core classes
Senior Spectroscopy, Medicinal Chemistry, Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit), One elective class Pharmacology, Two elective classes, Synthesis of Drugs

Students majoring in chemistry who wish to pursue a career in any of the flowing tracks may use the recommended courses below towards the free electives within the major.

I. Career Tracks

A. Health Professions/Forensic Medicine*

  • PS 335 Health Psychology
  • SO 334 Sociology of Medicine

B. Science Policy/Regulatory Affairs

  • PO 372 Public Administration
  • PO 375 Public Policy

C. Pre-Law*

  • BU 350 Legal Environment of Business I
  • PO 330 Introduction to the American Legal System

D. Business/Human Resources*

  • BU 470  Human Resource Management (Bu 260 is a prerequisite)
  • BU 472 Human Resource Law

*Students who wish to pursue a minor in business, pre-law, psychology or sociology or in another area may also apply the appropriate elective credits from any of these track towards the minor of their choice.  Additional course work is needed. Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for a complete listing of courses that may be used to satisfy the minor requirements. For more information about the pre-law minor please see the pre law advisor, Dr. Domenic Maffei.

II. Double Majors

Students completing a chemistry major may apply three (3) elective courses towards graduation.

III. Secondary Education Option

Students interested in obtaining a B.A. in Secondary Education, must first declare a major in chemistry and a second major in secondary education.  In order to complete this program in four years, students must place into Calculus I in their first semester and waive out of computer science by a proficiency exam.   Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for more information on the requirements for an education major.

IV. Combined Degree Options

The following options are available to students interested in a combined degree option. Please note that the time to complete a combined degree depends on the student’s satisfactory academic progress.


  • 7-Year [3+4] BA/MD Degree: BA in Chemistry/MD
  • 7-Year [3+4] BA/DMD Degree: BA in Chemistry/DMD

  • 6-Year [3+3] BA/MS Degree: BA in Chemistry/MS Physician Assistant

The chemistry major at Caldwell University has three objectives. Upon completion of the major, graduates will be able to:

  1. apply their knowledge and understanding of chemical principles to evaluate (analyze and draw

conclusions) complex chemical problems.

  1. compose a report incorporating literature or laboratory based research and course work theory.
  2. communicate the results of laboratory based projects to professional audiences effectively.

Recent research and presentations in chemistry by Caldwell University students and faculty include:

  1.  “Quantitative Analysis of Caffeine and Aspirin in Medications”, presented in poster session format at ICFNJ at Liberty Science Center, March 2014,  Luisi, Musz*, Ojeda and Scimone,
  2.  “Synthesis and Melting Point Trends of Lauroyl, Myristoyl, and Palmitoyl Mixed Triesters of  1,1,1-tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane”, poster presentation at New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Apr 2011, Loughnane, Phung*, Sinanan, Vander Valk, Casani, Scimone, and Scimone,
  3.  “Reactivity of Activated Deineophiles in the Diels Alder Reaction” presentation at New Jersey Academy of Sciences annual meeting in April 2009 (Rutgers University) abstract published in The Bulletin, Nov. 2009, Abdulrahamn, Everett, Scimone.
  4.  “A Green Chemistry Synthesis:  Bleach Oxidation of Primary and Secondary Alcohols to Their Corresponding Aldehydes and Ketones”  presentation at New Jersey Academy of Sciences annual meeting in April 2007 (Kean University) abstract published in The Bulletin, Nov. 2007, Bobbitt, Cordasco, Scimone.

What Can You Do With a Chemistry Major?

Chemistry is a central science. A degree in chemistry can open doors to career paths in many different fields such as:

  • Drugs and Pharmaceutical industry
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Material Science and Technology
  • Cosmetic Industry; Fragrance and Flavors manufacturers
  • Environmental Science and Protection
  • Patent Law
  • Science Policy Experts in Government Agencies such as the FDA, EPA and OSHA
  • Secondary Education as Chemistry Teachers
  • College Professors and Administrators
  • Graduate Study in many areas such as biochemistry, food science, forensic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and polymer chemistry.
  • Admission to Health Professional Schools such as medical schools, dental schools and an array of health science graduate professional schools.
  • and more …