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Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5853

Applied Chemistry/BS

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Chemistry is unique within the City University of New York. The program adapts City Tech’s Chemistry Department offerings to meet the education requirements of 21st century laboratory science careers in and around New York City. The BS complements the existing AS in Chemical Technology. It provides a seamless path for AS Chemical Technology students to continue their studies. The degree has a 2+2 structure such that the AS in Chemical Technology is the first two years of the bachelor’s degree.

Our curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in laboratory skills that will enable graduates to achieve “college-to-career” employment. This includes hands-on training in extensive laboratory course work, necessary for students to launch careers in chemical industry and in the broad range of industries that utilize analytical chemistry. While fulfilling its primary goal of excellent preparation for immediate entry into a career position, the program also prepare students for post-baccalaureate study and health profession schools because it meets all of the American Chemical Society’s requirements for approval of bachelor’s degree programs.

Program Highlights

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry is built on the premise that education in chemistry comprises five key areas:

  1. Foundational knowledge: the background information that provides literacy and the ability to grow in a given field by providing the knowledge base needed for success in advanced courses and for understanding the broader context of the discipline. This includes instruction in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.
  2. In depth content knowledge: the scientific and mathematical information that one needs to understand and tackle the broad range of materials, environmental, and pharmaceutical problems to which chemistry is applied. This includes five upper level Math/Science electives
  3. Laboratory skills: necessary to function effectively in chemical and chemical analysis laboratories, including specific skills like operation of scientific equipment, and cross cutting skills like experimental design and data analysis. Higher level laboratory skills are developed in Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Advanced Spectroscopy and Advanced Chromatography.
  4. Scientific communication skills: these include competency in scientific writing (lab reports, lab notebooks) and in oral communication. Required courses include two courses in English Composition, Advanced Technical Writing (offered in the English department), and a course in Public Speaking.
  5. Internships: two semesters of 3-credit internship courses designed to provide the work experience that is essential when seeking employment.

Applied Chemistry Degree: Learning Outcomes

The discipline specific program level student learning outcomes are designed to ensure that students who earn City Tech’s Applied Chemistry bachelor’s degree will be ready to work independently in a laboratory setting and will add value to a laboratory team through their hands on skills and their ability to interpret data. The Applied Chemistry bachelor’s degree learning outcomes are:

  1. An understanding of the molecular nature of matter by describing atoms, molecules, and chemical bonding in terms of the relevant mathematical and spatial models; predict the products of chemical reactions based on knowledge of the phenomenological trends observed for organic molecules, inorganic compounds, and materials.
  2. Skill in experimentation and use of modern spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electroanalytical techniques; evaluation of the safety risks associated with chemical experiments and use their evaluation to discern safe laboratory practices and behaviors.
  3. Experience in locating and analyzing chemical literature in order to explain phenomena observed experimentally and in order to compare multiple sources of experimentally determined data. Additionally, analyze laboratory data in order to draw defensible conclusions and report the results of laboratory work in both written and oral forms.
  4. Skill in solving scientific problems by designing experiments based on testable hypotheses; particular emphasis will be placed on designing experiments for common chemical problems such as identification of unknown samples
  5. A understanding of the principles of chemistry including: structure/ function relationship of macromolecules in a biological context; the differential aspects of transition metal chemistry, including coordination complexes and organometallic species and the chemical and physical laws that govern the functioning of spectroscopic and chromatographic measurements.
  6. Skill in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning.
  7. A comprehensive general education, including interdisciplinary coursework as well as coursework specified under the CUNY Pathways Common Core.

Admissions Criteria for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry

Incoming (Freshman) Students

  • Minimum high school average of 75.
  • Must be CUNY proficient (reading, writing, and mathematics)
  • Must be prepared to enter MAT1275 or higher.

Continuing Students

  • Must be CUNY proficient (reading, writing, and mathematics)
  • May transfer from City Tech’s Associate in Science (A.S.) in Chemical Technology degree or any equivalent A.S. program, either before or after completing the associate degree
  • Must be prepared to enter MAT1275 or higher.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Transfer Students

  • Must be CUNY proficient (reading, writing, and mathematics)
  • Must have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Must be prepared to enter MAT1275 or higher.

Degree Requirements

The College will grant a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in Applied Chemistry upon satisfactory completion of the required 120 credits.




English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 4 credits)

MAT 1475 Calculus I or higher 4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4 credits)

CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I 4

From the list of approved courses select one course from each of the following areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline.

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course3

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Individual and Society

LIB 1201 Research and Documentation in the Information Age (recommended) 3

Scientific World

CHEM 1210 General Chemistry II (recommended) 4
One additional course from any Flexible Core area 3


• One course in Speech/Oral Communication3
COM 1330

Public Speaking or higher

• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course
(Any approved course)

Two additional liberal arts courses to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education. In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language.6

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from the Common Core and one from the Applied Chemistry program courses; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from Common Core and one from the Applied Chemistry degree program.

CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I Met as Gen Ed
CHEM 1210 General Chemistry II Met as Gen Ed
CHEM 2223 Organic Chemistry I 5
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry II 5
BIO 1101 Biology I 4
PHYS 1441 General Physics I Calculus Based 5
PHYS 1442 General Physics II Calculus Based 5
CHEM 3312 Analytical Chemistry 5
CHEM 3412 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 5
CHEM 3222 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics 4
BIO 3601 Biochemistry 4
CHEM 3622 Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 4312 Instrumental Chromatography 4
CHEM 4322 Advanced Spectroscopy 4
ENG 2575 Technical Writing 3
MAT 1475 Calculus I 4 Met as Gen Ed
MAT 1575 Calculus II 4


CHEM 4901 Internship/Research in Applied Chemistry I 3
CHEM 4902 Internship/Research in Applied Chemistry II 3

Choose courses from the following list to bring total number of credits to 120. The choice of electives, to be made in close consultation with the Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor, should ideally reflect the student’s interests, post-baccalaureate study plans, and career goals.


BIO 2311/L Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture and Laboratory)4
BIO 2312/L Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture and Laboratory)4
BIO 3302/L Microbiology (Lecture and Laboratory)4
BIO 3350 Elements of Bioinformatics (Lecture and Laboratory)4
BIO 3352 Bioinformatics (Lecture and Laboratory)4
BIO 3354 Computational Genomics3
BIO 3356 Molecular Modeling in Biology3
BIO 3524 Nutrition2
BIO 3526 Pathophysiology3
BIO 3620/L Molecular and Cell Biology (Lecture and Laboratory)4
CHEM 2411 Special Topics3
CHEM 4822 Medicinal Chemistry3
CST 2403 Introductory C++ Programming Language Part I3
CST 3503 C++ Programming Part II3
MAT 2071 Introduction to Proofs and Logic4
MAT 2440 Discrete Structures and Algorithms I3
MAT 2540 Discrete Structures and Algorithms II3
MAT 2572 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I4
MAT 2580 Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MAT 25886 The Mathematics of Finance3
MAT 26306 Applied Mathematics Technology-Numerical Analysis3
MAT 2675 Calculus III4
MAT 2680 Differential Equations3
MAT 3021 Number Theory4
MAT 3050 Geometry I4
MAT 3075 Introduction to Real Analysis4
MAT 3080 Modern Algebra4
MAT 3672 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II4
MAT 37706 Mathematical Modeling I – Optimization3
MAT 3772 Stochastic Models3
MAT 3777 Applied Mathematics: Applications of the Wave Equations3
MAT 37876 Applied Mathematics – Finite Fields3
MAT 37886 Applications of the Heat Equation for Financial Mathematics3
MAT 3880 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations using Mathematical Models in Biology3
MAT 4030 History of Mathematics3
MAT 4050 Geometry II3
MAT 4672 Computational Statistics with Applications3
MAT 4788 Financial Risk Modeling3
MAT 4872 Probability and Mathematical Statistics III4
MAT 4880 Mathematical Modeling II3
PHYS 2601/L Introduction to Research (Lecture and Laboratory)3
PHYS 2603/L Physical Principles of Medical Imaging3
PHYS 2605 Introduction to Laser Physics and Photonics4
PHYS 2607 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 2609 Introduction to Quantum Computing4

1 Applied Chemistry is a STEM degree program, requiring 4 or 5 credit courses in mathematics and sciences. Student may elect to use their required 4 or 5 credit mathematics or science courses to meet Common Core requirements in “Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning” and “Life and Physical Sciences.” Note also that other science courses are identified as satisfying “Scientific World” courses in the Flexible Core.

2 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

3 Students who have already met this requirement may choose any other liberal arts and science course in its place.

4 Students who elect to take MAT 1475 without the requisite math background will be required to take MAT 1275, and/or 1375 in preparation, depending upon initial placement. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4-8.

5 The number of free elective credits will vary depending upon the program-specific courses students use to meet Common Core requirements.

6 Students who wish to take MAT 2588 The Mathematics of Finance should be aware of the pre-and corequisites and arrange to take them as part of their flexible core and college option choices. Students who wish to take MAT 2630, MAT 3770, MAT 3787, or MAT 3788 should be aware of the prerequisite of CST 1101 and arrange to take it as part of their college option choices.