Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing


The Chemistry Program 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, biochemistry, 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 college-wide 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

  • “Development of a microfluidic glucose fuel cell”
  • “An investigation of the RNA-binding ratios and translation inhibition capacity of hetero- multinuclear complexes”
  • “Investigation of [2+2] cycloadditions utilizing iridium and ruthenium polypyridyl photoredox catalysts”
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of bimetalated platinum complexes containing benzothio- phene and functionalized ligands”
Faculty/Student Publications
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on research projects with members of the chemistry faculty. Recent publications that have featured student coauthors include the following:
  • “Investigation of liver alcohol dehydrogenase catalysis using an NADH biomimetic and comparison with a synthetic zinc model complex.” Polyhedron 114 (2016), 145–151
  • “A Convenient Direct Laser Writing System for the Creation of Microfluidic Masters.&rdquo 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
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; Ultrafast Ti:Sapphire Laser; 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. At least one advanced elective course is offered each semester, covering topics such as organic synthesis, nucleic acids, organometallics, nanotechnology, and biochemistry.

Program Website:


Program Director: Emily McLaughlin
Phone: 845-752-2355
E-mail: mclaughl@bard.edu


Craig Anderson
Swapan Jain
Christopher N. LaFratta
Emily McLaughlin
Atahualpa Pinto
Hilton M. Weiss


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Maureen O'Callaghan-Scholl