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 – 2017-18 Bulletin

* = offered in Fall '18 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2017-2018 bulletin. Please refer to the Pre-2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record or 2016-17 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

Calculus - pre-req OR co-req, 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

PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I - pre-req OR Instructor Permission; AND Calculus pre-req OR co-req - 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 Lab Pre-req or co-req: PHYS-SHU 93 Foundations of Physics II Honors or PHYS-SHU 12 General Physics II
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
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 or 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-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 Fall 2018 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2021) to take in Fall 2018
  1. Perspectives on Humanities (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology II (3 credits)
  3. FoS Biology Laboratory (2 credits)
  4. Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) + Organic Chemistry I Lab (5 credits)
  5. Core curriculum class/Chinese/General elective class (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
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