B.A. in Chemistry

The Rutgers-Newark Chemistry Department offers a course of study leading to a B.A. degree in Chemistry certified by the American Chemical Society. After completing the program, recent graduates have taken up positions in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry. Others entered medical school, and some have continued their studies of chemistry or biochemistry in excellent graduate programs around the country.

To qualify for American Chemical Society certification, students must complete 160:581 (Biochemistry), one additional three-credit graduate chemistry course, and at least six credits of research (160:451,452), in addition to the requirements for the B.A. degree.

Students interested in joining the undergraduate chemistry program at Rutgers-Newark are encouraged to contact Dr. Huskey (huskey@rutgers.edu), the undergraduate advisor. The department also offers a Chemistry Minor.


Course Requirements for the Major

General Chemistry I,II

160:115 (AM Lecture, PM Lecture); 116 (Dr. Lau, Dr. Sheridan)

General Chemistry Laboratory I,II


Organic Chemistry I,II

160:335 (Sec: 01, Sec: 02),336 (Dr. Jordan; Dr. Szostak)

Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Inorganic Chemistry I


Analytical Chemistry (Lecture)


Experimental Analytical Chemistry (Lab)


Physical Chemistry I,II


Inorganic Chemistry II


Writing and Presentation of Chemistry


Physical Chemistry Laboratory


Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Lab


Chemistry Seminar


Calculus II,III



750:203,204 or 750:213,214

Physics Laboratory 


More detail about the major, including course prerequisites and course schedules, is available in pdf format.

NOTE: Students must also satisfy the SASN degree requirements. 



All chemistry majors must meet with Dr. Huskey huskey@rutgers.edu, the undergraduate advisor, before registration each semester.


Cheung and Senkowski Undergraduate Chemistry Scholarship Awards

The award competition is open to freshmen, sophomores and junior chemistry majors.


Undergraduate Research

Chemical Research (160:451,452) is a course for Rutgers-Newark chemistry majors (usually juniors or seniors) doing independent research in a faculty research laboratory. Students must make special arrangements with a member of the faculty before registering for the course, and obtain a special permission number from Dr. Huskey. At the end of the semester, students must submit a report of their research progress.

The Minority Biomedical Research Program (MBRS) offers a broad range of research opportunities. Contact the MBRS office at 973-353-5772 for application information. Also check this MBRS news story for more details.

Every summer, the National Science Foundation sponsors undergraduate research universities (REU sites) throughout the U.S. Look out for postings in the early Spring semester. Students from Rutgers-Newark can apply to any of these programs. Most programs include a summer stipend and housing arrangements for student participants.


Senior Awards

The Harold A. Fales Memorial Award is given to the most outstanding chemistry major.

General Chemistry Teaching Awards are presented to the best undergraduate teaching assistants in the General Chemistry Laboratory.

For excellence in subdisciplines of chemistry (organic, physical, inorganic, analytical) the following awards are also available:

R. Ian Fryer Memorial Award
Hugh W. Thompson Memorial Award