Chemistry, ACS-Certified (BS)

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Why Chemistry with ACS Certification?

With an ACS-certified degree in Chemistry, you can lead and pioneer new applications of science in many high-demand fields, including pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, scientific and biomedical research, engineering, teaching, food and drink development and more.

The American Chemical Society is the premier organization for professional chemists in the U.S. An ACS-certified degree confers a deeper understanding of chemistry and is often an advantage when seeking employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.

Why Study Chemistry at Iona?

You’ll explore the science of chemistry in an environment that is challenging but designed for your success. ACS-certification will give you the added rigor and advanced classes that will prepare you for your next step, whether that is graduate school or a career in chemistry.

You will be advised, mentored and supported by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields and are invested in helping you achieve your goals. Our program offers hands-on opportunities to work along-side scientists in the lab, applying the essentials of chemistry in innovative ways.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in research projects, attend conferences, publish in academic journals and gain hands-on experience through internships.

What You'll Learn

You will gain a deep understanding of how chemistry effects all areas of life, one element at a time.

With the ACS-certified program, you will not only build a strong foundation in chemical science , you will delve deeply into your subject matter with advanced classes that help you make connections across different areas of science and highlight practical, real-world applications of chemistry.

In the classroom and in the lab, you will develop skills in researching, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating scientific findings – critical skills for successful scientists and other careers.

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Unique Elements of Program

Program Highlights

Research Opportunities

You will be involved in high-quality research that will enable you to improve your problem-solving skills, learn new lab techniques, and explore chemistry outside of the classroom.

Summer research experiences are available and supported by the CBL Scholars Program, the NSF DESIRE Scholars Program, Iona Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grants, and individual faculty research awards.

Iona students can take advantage of opportunities offered by the National and Regional American Chemical Society, including summer research opportunities, awards, and support programs.

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ACS Undergraduate Student Information

Early Acceptance Programs

Our program has early acceptance articulation agreements in which Iona students who meet the required qualifications can automatically reserve a seat in medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school during their senior year of high school or first year of college. Iona College has agreements with the following programs:

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Medical, Dental or Pharmacy
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • New York College of Chiropractic Medicine

Early Acceptance Programs

ACS-Certified Advantage

The ACS-certified Chemistry degree will be widely recognized for the rigorous coursework. Your ASC certification will help you stand out when seeking employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.

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Located on the lower level of Cornelia Hall, the Research Lab is just one of the labs used by students taking science courses. With state-of-the-art equipment, the labs provide valuable hands-on research experience, right on campus!

Cornelia Research Lab

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Careers & Outcomes

Our Chemistry graduates are well-prepared to lead and innovate in a wide range of high-demand science fields. From conducting experiments to testing products and everything in between – a Chemistry from Iona will get you there!

Our students have gained admission to prestigious degree programs that have prepared them for successful careers in science, medicine, and beyond. Iona students have gone to earn degrees – Ph.D., MS, JD, MD, PharmD, DDS – at renowned institutions.

Graduate & Medical School Placements:

  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University Dental School
  • Montefiore Einstein Medical School
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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Careers in Science Program

Careers in Science is a program established to provide information about career opportunities in the sciences and in science-related fields to Iona students.

You will have a chance to meet accomplished professionals in many areas of science and talk face-to-face about your interests with experts in the field!

Careers in Science Program

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