What will I learn?

Chemistry considers the nature of matter, its transformation, and its interaction with energy. The discipline provides the foundation for modern biology and is a cornerstone to such emerging fields as materials science and nanotechnology. The Brooklyn College Department of Chemistry offers a bachelor of science degree and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry as well as a bachelor of arts degree in adolescence education for chemistry teachers. The department also offers a minor in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry. Its faculty members maintain active research programs and mentor promising students who express interest. The bachelor of science degree is a rigorous program designed to prepare students to work as professional chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate school, and is recommended for those interested in pursuing scientific research. The bachelor of arts degree is less rigorous, and is recommended for students interested in the medical professions. The more flexible course schedule allows for the additional course work and extracurricular activity necessary for admission to professional schools. The B.A. degree is also suited to students who are seeking careers related to chemistry, but who do not wish to pursue advanced study. The requirements for the major for individuals who want to teach high school chemistry are similar to those of the B.A. degree, with supplementary courses in education.

A chemistry degree from Brooklyn College prepares students to be in the forefront of scientific and medical research in industry, government, and academia. Our graduates find employment as chemists in many different roles across an enormous range of fields, from government laboratories testing food, air, and water quality to commercial environments. A bachelor's degree in science is a prerequisite for a career in patent law, and can facilitate careers in such other areas as environmental law or in managerial positions, particularly in fields that rely on science and technology. See the department website for information on careers in chemistry. Our students go on to graduate and professional programs nationwide. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies may apply to the master's and doctoral degree programs offered by or in conjunction with this department.

Which department am I in?

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $620 per credit
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

2131 Ingersoll Hall,


New York,

11210, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman applicants are students that never attended any post-secondary institution after graduating from secondary school. Secondary School Academic Average: 88.5, Mean SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math): 26 + 530; ACT: 26. English language requirements: Internet-Based TOEFL: 61, Paper-Based TOEFL: 500, IELTS Academic Level: 6, Pearson Academic: 44.

For international students

Students must have graduated from secondary school.

Brooklyn College accepts TOEFL (Internet based): 61; Paper-based TOEFL: 500; IELTS Academic Level: 6; Pearson Academic: 44.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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