May 18, 2021
The Department of Chemistry ’s program for the BS major in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society if the appropriate options are selected (see below). A student completing this course of study will be awarded a certificate from the Society.
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 124
This program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in chemistry. It is especially recommended to those students preparing to enter industry or to pursue graduate work. Candidates for graduation must fulfill the requirements listed below:
1. The Successful Completion of at Least 124 Semester Hours
The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science 001C, 001E, 002C, 002E and associated leadership laboratories may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.
2. Liberal Arts
At least 65 semester hours must be in liberal arts courses.
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30
semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30
Completion of level 3 if studied in high school or to level 2 if studied as a new language
Social Science and Humanities
15 semester hours of distribution courses; social science: 3 hours in behavioral social sciences (BH) and 3 hours in history and philosophy (HP); humanities: 3 hours in literature (LT) and 3 hours in the Arts: either Appreciation and Analysis (AA) or creative participation (CP); 3 hours chosen from any of the following categories (LT, AA, CP, BH, HP, CC, or IS).
For listing of distribution courses, see Distribution Courses .
5. Major and Additional Requirements
6. Advanced Lecture Electives
12 semester hours of in-depth chemistry lecture electives chosen from:
7. Advanced Laboratory Electives
One of the following advanced laboratory courses:
8. For an optional American Chemical Society-accredited degree
Completion of 3 total credit hours of research is required, chosen from the following:
Students who plan a professional career in chemistry, and who intend to go on to graduate work are recommended to take one or both of the following courses.
Complete BS Requirements
BS Requirements in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences