Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the world of molecules: how they are created from atoms, how their structures affect their chemical and physical properties, and how they unite or assemble to form the matter that makes up the physical world. Knowledge of chemistry is fundamental to an in-depth understanding of the structural properties and biochemical reactions that define all living systems. Chemistry is therefore the central science that bridges physics and the life sciences, and is a foundation to many other fields, such as materials science, earth science, and forensic science. The challenges that society faces in the twenty-first century, such as managing climate change, sourcing clean energy, and ensuring food security, are at their root chemical problems. With a global perspective and a broad science curriculum at its core, our chemistry major program gives students a comprehensive outlook necessary to tackle these challenges.

A key characteristic of the chemistry major at NYU Shanghai is a good balance between depth and breadth of study: following the foundational science courses in chemistry, physics and biology, students take the essential “canon” of organic chemistry and physical chemistry lectures and labs. Students then have flexibility in choosing three or more chemistry electives in areas of specialization that interest them, including inorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, and biochemistry courses. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake research projects with faculty, potentially culminating in an undergraduate thesis and chemistry honors. A distinguishing feature of chemistry is the importance of creativity, whether it be in synthesizing new molecules, discovering novel reactions and materials, or developing new theories of matter.

Majoring in chemistry provides strong preparation for graduate study in chemistry and related fields, such as biochemistry, biomedicine, and materials science. Chemistry major students are also well prepared for professional school, including medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry, veterinary, forensic, and law school. Students who, instead, decide to enter industry after graduation are well-served by the combination of creative and quantitative skills developed in the chemistry major that transfer to diverse sectors from data science to biotechnology to finance.

Degree Requirements – 2018-19 Bulletin
* = offered in Spring '19 in Shanghai
The requirements below are from the online version of the 2018-19 bulletin. Please refer to the Pre-2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record, 2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record, or 2017-18 Registrar's All Majors Degree Requirements Record if you are following a different major version. Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval. 
PREREQUISITE COURSES
BIOL-SHU 21
Foundations of Biology I*
Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22
Foundations of Biology II
Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123
FoS Biology Laboratory
Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
CHEM-SHU 125
Foundations of Chemistry I
Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 126
Foundations of Chemistry II*
Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I AND pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 127
FoS Chemistry Laboratory*
 
Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II
PHYS-SHU 91 OR
PHYS-SHU 11
Foundations of Physics I Honors OR
General Physics I
Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
Pre-req OR co-rep: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus, this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience
PHYS-SHU 93 OR
PHYS-SHU 12
Foundations of Physics II Honors* OR
General Physics II*
Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors OR PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I with B+ or higher grade
Pre-req OR co-req: Calculus AND pre-req: PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I - this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience
PHYS-SHU 71
FoS Physics Laboratory
Pre-req or co-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors or PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I
PHYS-SHU 94
Physics II Laboratory*
Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory
Note that Foundations of Physics III Honors is NOT required for Chemistry majors.
MAJOR COURSES
MATH-SHU 123
Multivariable Calculus*
Pre-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus with C or higher grade
CHEM-SHU 225
Organic Chemistry I
Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II; co-req: CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM-SHU 225L
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Co-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-SHU 226
Organic Chemistry II*
Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I; co-req: CHEM-SHU 226L Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM-SHU 226L
Organic Chemistry II Lab*
Co-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 651
Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
 
CHEM-SHU 652
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Pre-reqs: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II and PHYS-SHU 93 Foundations of Physics II Honors/CCSC-SHU 51 Physics II. Multivariable Calculus is strongly recommended. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations is also recommended.
CHEM-SHU 661
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
 
CHEMISTRY ELECTIVES: Choose Three
CHEM-SHU 285
Experimental Biochemistry
 
CHEM-SHU 310
Biophysical Chemistry
 
CHEM-SHU 312
Analytical Chemistry
Pre-reqs: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II and CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM-SHU 711
Inorganic Chemistry
 
CHEM-SHU 752
Computational Chemistry*
Pre-reqs: CHEM-SHU 651 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy o PHYS-SHU 301 Quantum Mechanics AND CHEM-SHU 652 Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics and Kinetics or PHYS-SHU 302 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
CHEM-SHU 881
Biochemistry I
Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 882
Biochemistry II
Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I
CHEM-SHU 997
Independent Study*
Please note that Independent Study must have a combined total of 4 credits. This can be done in 1 semester with a 4-credit load. Students can also fulfill this requirement over 2 semesters and take 2-credit loads each semester. Students should fill out the permission form after consulting with the DUS and Faculty Research Advisor for approval.
CHEM-SHU 999
Chemistry Undergraduate Research Thesis*
Students must receive invitation of Chemistry Area Coordinator
CHEM-AD 312
Analytical Chemistry
Offered in Fall
CHEM-UA 911
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Offered in Fall
CHEM-UA 382
Structural DNA Nanotechnology
Offered in Spring
  1. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in Chemistry are strongly encouraged to take Inorganic Chemistry.
  2. Additional Advanced Chemistry courses in the NYU Global Network can also meet the Chemistry Electives requirement. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor for further details.
  3. Students may also take any courses in the NYU Global Network to satisfy the general elective requirements, but are strongly encouraged to take the following Mathematics and Computer Science courses.
Recommended Mathematics General Electives
MATH-SHU 235
Probability and Statistics*
Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus AND MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra or MATH-SHU 123 Multivariable Calculus. Not open to students who took MATH-SHU 233 Theory of Probability
MATH-SHU 265
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Pre-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
Recommended Computer Science General Electives
CSCI-SHU 11
Introduction to Computer Programming*
Pre-req or Co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus
CSCI-SHU 101
Introduction to Computer Science*
Pre-req: CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Computer Programming or Placement
Recommended Spring 2019 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2022) to take in Spring 2019
  1. Perspectives on Humanities (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology I (3 credits)
  3. Foundations of Chemistry II (3 credits) + FoS Chemistry Lab (5 credits)
  4. Multivariable Calculus (4 credits)
  5. EAP/Chinese (2 credits)
Recommended courses for Sophomores (Class of 2021) to take in Spring 2019
  1. Organic Chemistry II (3 credits) + Organic Chemistry II Lab (2 credits)
  2. Foundations of Physics II Honors or General Physics II (3 credits) + FoS Physics II Lab (2 credits)
  3. EAP/Chinese (4 credits)
  4. Core (4 credits)
Note that students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to study away. Pre-med students should also consider taking Physics II Lab. 
Faculty Mentor

Prof. William Glover Email: wjg3@nyu.edu | Profile

Minor in Chemistry
CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II* Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I AND pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Laboratory Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II; co-req: CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry I Lab Co-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II* Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I; co-req: CHEM-SHU 226L Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM-SHU 226L Organic Chemistry II Lab* Co-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II