Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing



Chemistry at Bard is geared primarily, but not exclusively, toward meeting the needs of students planning to do graduate and/or professional work in a variety of chemistry, biology, and engineering subfields. During their course of study, students receive training in modern methods in chemistry, which include extensive hands-on experience with contemporary instruments and equipment (see “Facilities”). In addition to the core courses, a student typically completes at least two advanced electives in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or physics, according to personal goals.


Before moderating in the program, students should complete (or be enrolled in) Chemistry 141-142 and 201-202, Mathematics 141 and 142, and Physics 141 and 142. Students are expected to follow the standard divisional procedure for Moderation and to fulfill the collegewide distribution and First-Year Seminar requirements. To graduate, students must successfully complete Chemistry 311, 312, 350, and 360; two electives at the 300 level or higher; and the Senior Project.

Recent Senior Projects in Chemistry

  • “Investigating Binding Site Specificity of Heteromultinuclear Organometallic Complexes to DNA”
  • “Optical Tweezers for High-Resolution Single-Photon Direct Laser Writing”
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of the Antimicrobial Bisindole Alkaloid Violacein and Analogs”
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of Platinum (II) Complexes from Quinoline or Pyridine Functionalized Benzothiophene Ligands”

Faculty/Student Publications

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on research projects with members of the science faculty. Recent publications that have featured student coauthors include the following:
  • “A Convenient Direct Laser Writing System for the Creation of Microfluidic Masters.” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 19 (2015), 419–26
  • “Regioselective Formation of Six-Membered and Five-Membered Cyclometalated Platinum Complexes.” Tetrahedron Letters 56, no. 46 (2015), 6352–55
  • “Structural Insights into the Interactions of xpt Riboswitch with Novel Guanine Analogues: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study.” Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics 33 (2015), 234–43
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of Water-Soluble, Heteronuclear Ruthenium(III)/Ferrocene Complexes and Their Interactions with Biomolecules.” Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (2015), 41–50
  • “Three-Component Synthesis of Disubstituted 2H-pyrrol-2-ones: Preparation of the Violacein Scaffold.” Tetrahedron Letters 55, no. 14 (2014), 2609–11


Facilities at the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Science Laboratories include teaching labs, individual research laboratories for faculty and their students, seminar rooms, and expanded space for student research posters. Students have the opportunity to work with modern instrumentation, including a Varian 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; two Thermo Scientific Nicolet Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers; a gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer; liquid chromatograph–mass spectrometer; several ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers; a polarimeter; two microwave reactors; a Dionex high-performance liquid chromatograph; two PTI fluorescence spectrometers; a CombiFlash® chromatography system; Agilent ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometer; BASi Potentiostat; CHI Potentiostat; Olympus laser scanning confocal microscope; field emission scanning electron microscope; BMG microplate reader; and, in collaboration with Vassar College, a state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometer. More details are available at the program website.


Core courses include Chemistry 141-142, Basic Principles of Chemistry; Chemistry 201-202, Organic Chemistry; Chemistry 311, Physical Chemistry; Chemistry 312, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; and laboratory concepts–focused Chemistry 350, Physical and Analytical Techniques, and Chemistry 360, Synthesis. Each semester, at least one advanced elective course is offered, covering topics such as organic synthesis, nucleic acids, organometallics, nanotechnology, and biochemistry.

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Craig Anderson
Justin Foy
Swapan Jain
Christopher N. LaFratta
Emily McLaughlin
Hilton M. Weiss


Megan Karcher
Maureen O'Callaghan-Scholl