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 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 includes extensive hands-on experience with contemporary instruments and equipment (see “Facilities” below). 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.

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, 350, and 360; two electives at the 300 level or higher; and the Senior Project.

Recent Senior Projects in Chemistry

  • “Binding Affinity of Guanine-Responsive mRNA to Purine Analogs”
  • “The Effect of Electronic Environment on Alcohol Dehydrogenase Catalysis”
  • “A Greener Approach to the Synthesis of 3-Halo-substituted Benzo(b)furans and Benzo[b]thiophenes”
  • “Synthesis, Characterization, and Photophysical Properties of Platinum Complexes with 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:
  • “Biscyclometalated Platinum Complexes with Thiophene Ligands.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 723 (2013), 188–97.
  • “Proflavine DNA Binding Using a Handheld Fluorescence Spectrometer.” Journal of Chemical Education 90 (2013), 1215–17.
  • “RNA Binding and Inhibition of Primer Extension by a Ru(III)/Pt(II) Metal Complex.” Chemical Communications 49 (2013), 5031–33.
  • “Synthesis, Characterization, Density Functional Theory Calculations, and Activity of Tridentate NNN Zinc Pincer Complexes.” Inorganica Chimica Acta 394 (2013), 310–21.
  • “Using a Homemade Flame Photometer to Measure Sodium Concentration in a Sports Drink.” Journal of Chemical Education 90 (2013), 372–75.

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 modern instrumentation, including a Varian 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer; liquid chromatograph–mass spectrometer; two Thermo Nicolet Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers; several ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers; a polarimeter; two microwave reactors; a Dionex high-performance liquid chromatograph; two PTI fluorescence spectrometers; a CombiFlash® chromatography system; BMG microplate reader; 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; Chemistry 311, Physical Chemistry; Chemistry 312, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; and laboratory concepts–focused Chemistry 350, Analytical and Physical 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.