Academic Programs

Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Chemistry

Overview

Chemistry at Bard is geared primarily, but not exclusively, toward meeting the needs of students planning to do graduate work in chemistry and biology. Students receive extensive hands-on experience with contemporary instruments and equipment (see “Facilities” below). In addition to the core courses, a student typically takes at least two advanced electives in chemistry and biology, mathematics, or  physics, according to personal goals.

Requirements

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 (at least one must be a 400-level seminar); and the Senior Project.

Recent Senior Projects in Chemistry

  • “Semiempirical calculations for a model of stage 1 lithium-intercalated graphite: structures and energetics”
  • “Synthesis and binding affinity of 6-acetamido-2-hydrazone-purine to xpt riboswitch”
  • “Synthesis of a zinc(II) complex using a novel bidentate benzodithioate ligand”

Facilities

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 contemporary instrumentation, including a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; a gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer; a liquid chromatograph–mass spectrometer; two Thermo Nicolet Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers; several ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers; two microwave reactors; a Dionex high-performance liquid chromatograph; a Johnson Matthey magnetic susceptibility balance; and, in collaboration with Vassar College, a state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometer. More details are available at the Chemistry Program website.

Courses

Core courses include Chemistry 141-142, Basic Principles of Chemistry; Chemistry 201-202, Organic Chemistry 1 and 11; Chemistry 311, Physical Chemistry; Chemistry 312, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; and Chemistry 350 and 360, the laboratory concepts courses Analytical and Physical Techniques and Synthesis. Each semester, at least one advanced elective course, covering topics such as organic synthesis, chemical kinetics, organometallic chemistry, and biochemistry, is offered.