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The Chemistry Department at Yeshiva College offers a rigorous program of study and encourages undergraduate students to engage in research during the academic year and summer to work one-on-one with our faculty members. 

Yeshiva College’s Chemistry Club organizes numerous activities for chemistry majors, including seminars, lectures and field trips to academic and industrial research laboratories.

Chemistry is vital for students interested in medical and health-related careers, which are based on knowledge of the chemical sciences. It is also ideal for students interested in a broad, liberal arts education, with an emphasis on understanding the nature and interactions of the chemicals that make up the world.

The field of chemistry can lead to careers in research and teaching, medicine and health sciences, and industry and private service. The chemical and pharmaceutical industries provide opportunities for applied chemical research. Medicine and health-science fields emphasize the biologic aspects of advances in chemistry.  

Public service-minded individuals with a solid science education may find their niche in environmental protection agencies, consumer advocacy groups, and government offices. In education, there is a nationwide shortage of elementary and high school science teachers.

Students interested in a career in chemical engineering may consider the combined engineering program with Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Yeshiva Colleges Chemistry Club is affiliated with the American Chemical Society and organizes numerous activities for chemistry majors, including seminars, lectures, and field trips to academic and industrial research laboratories.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the undergraduate Chemistry program is to prepare students for entry into graduate and professional programs and to become active and engaged members of the chemical scientific community, by providing students with traditional chemical education integrated with modern research.

Student Learning Goals:

  • Understand chemical principles in order to explain the phenomena of the natural world.
  • Apply experimental techniques and chemical principles to investigate and solve problems.
  • Effectively communicate technical and scientific information both verbally and in writing.
  • Generate research ideas and design theoretical and experimental methods to test these ideas with faculty guidance.

For more information about the Chemistry Department at Yeshiva College, please contact Professor Raji Viswanathan at or 212-960-5400 ext. 443.

New Biochemistry Major

Yeshiva College is now offering a major in Biochemistry beginning in Fall 2017.  This major is approved by NYSED, and has been successfully offered at SCW for the past 10 years.  A total of 60-61 credits are needed to complete this major. We feel it will be a valuable alternative for our pre-med and pre-dental students interested in gaining expertise in this inter-disciplinary field. The requirements are located online at