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Chemistry, the study of matter and energy and how they interact, impacts every area of our lives from health and the environment to energy and industry. Often called the "central science" because it connects all the other sciences together, chemistry is great preparation for careers in medicine, the medical sciences, engineering, environmental science, healthcare, or education.  

When you study chemistry at Hofstra University, you'll have the opportunity as early as your first year to dive into exciting research areas that have the potential to make a real difference in society. Our students have partnered with faculty to conduct research on antibiotic resistance, the harmful effects of e-cigarettes, wastewater epidemiology, enzymes that fight drug-resistant bacteria, and screening methods for designer opioids.

The facilities in Hofstra’s Chemistry Department are among the most sophisticated, well-equipped you'll find in an undergraduate program. In addition, we actively promote research across scientific disciplines, thanks to a new, multidisciplinary lab called the Collaboratorium. Chemistry and biochemistry degree recipients in the New York region earn an average annual salary of $56,718 and $57,340, respectively, and job growth for both majors is projected to increase about 15 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Majoring in chemistry or biochemistry at Hofstra will prepare you to pursue a successful career in the health professions, chemical education, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, materials science and forensic science, and/or admission to top-flight professional or graduate programs.

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Chemistry majors experience the major disciplines of chemistry through foundation courses. Foundation classes are offered in organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical and physical chemistry. They are also required to take an assortment of classes in mathematics and physics. Electives include Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse, Genetics, Forensic Biotechnology, and Medicinal Chemistry.

Hofstra offers three types of Chemistry degrees: a BA in Chemistry, a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Biochemistry.

Hofstra also offers a BS in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary program with a strong foundation in chemistry and natural sciences that prepares students to examine, process and compare all types of criminal evidence.

Hofstra also offers minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Chemistry Requirements BA in Chemistry Requirements BS in Biochemistry Requirements

The BS in Chemistry is a better fit for students planning a career in research or advanced studies in chemistry, such as laboratory technician, chemistry sales, and graduate studies in patent law, chemistry, materials science and other fields. This degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

The BS in Biochemistry, also accredited by the American Chemical Society, prepares students to pursue graduate and doctoral programs forensic science, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology, neuroscience, molecular biology, as well as medical, dental and pharmacy school and physician assistant programs.

Additional department offerings include minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a major in Forensic Science.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Chemistry and biochemistry majors find they are graduating with a ticket to many professional opportunities and advanced study options.

Hofstra graduates with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry have found employment with such organizations as Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, New York Police Department, Success Academy Charter School, Craftmaster Flavor Technology, Inova Mount Vernon: Joints Rehabilitation, and Long Beach City School District.

Our graduates also have gone onto prestigious graduate programs at places including Harvard Medical School, Yale University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Princeton and Jefferson College of Pharmacy.

100% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept a position within six months
$42-47K median salary* (range for chemistry and biochemistry)
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What You'll Learn

Chemistry Student

As a chemistry major you will develop research, analytical and problem solving skills, and strengthening your writing and presentation techniques.

Chemistry majors experience the major disciplines of chemistry through foundation courses. Foundation classes are offered in organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical and physical chemistry. They are also required to take an assortment of classes in mathematics and physics. electives include: Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse, Genetics, Forensic Biotechnology, and Medicinal Chemistry.

Internships/Experiential Learning

Research opportunities, internships and other types of experiential learning such as peer teaching are at the core of our chemistry program. Among the places our students have interned include: Brookhaven National Lab, Rhode Island Department of Health, Cohen's Children's Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.

Hofstra students have also been accepted to participate in the highly competitive National Science Foundation funded-REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs hosted by universities worldwide.

In addition, the Dr. Bruce and Doris Lister Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry Research. provides sophomore and junior chemistry majors with a $4,000 stipend and a grant to cover half of their on-campus housing costs to immerse themselves in a faculty-mentored research program over the summer.

Our professors also have a lot to do with the department's collegial atmosphere. Their backgrounds and interests are unusually diverse. Dr. Sabrina Sobel, the former chair, studied ballet for many years before turning her attention to chemistry research. She and her scientist father are the inventors behind Cold-Eeze. Dr. Scott Lefurgy's area of research is antibiotic resistance. He is also a professionally trained opera singer. Dr. Ronald D'Amelia is an award-winning food chemist who developed the breath-freshening technology used in Life Saver’s Breath Savers.

Participating in campus clubs and organizations is highly encouraged. The American Chemical Society Student Members program (SMACS) is a national organization for undergraduate students interested in chemical sciences. Hofstra University's chapter of SMACS sponsors activities every semester that are intended to help students interested in chemical science fields prepare for their future careers. Every month during the academic year, SMACS hosts a speaker from industry, a government laboratory or a graduate school. Hofstra's SMACS chapter also organizes outreach projects, including hands-on demonstrations for children from local school districts.



Dr. Scott Lefurgy's area of expertise is antibiotic resistance, but he’s also a classically trained opera singer who has performed all over the country, and even sung on a Grammy-nominated CD. Every year, he celebrates a "Song Day" in his biochemistry classes, encouraging his students to perform parody songs and skits about science. For Dr. Lefurgy, it’s all about finding the fun in science and making difficult concepts accessible.

Chemistry End of Year Dinner