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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Chemistry

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.) Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Outlook

A range of exciting careers is available to you upon completion of your baccalaureate degree. You could pursue a career in medicine, become a scientist solving some of the environmental issues facing the world today, or work on developing new medicines to tackle AIDS, cancer or other diseases, just as examples. Your options are almost limitless.

The Program

The A.S. chemistry degree program provides you with a strong science and mathematics foundation and the laboratory experiences for enhancing your understanding and knowledge. Upon graduating from FLCC, you will be ready to successfully compete at a four-year college or university of your choice. Some transfer options include:

  • SUNY Colleges
  • Cornell University
  • University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

The Experience

FLCC features small classes and personal attention. The faculty is genuinely interested in you and your success! Along with 20 or so classmates, you will engage in active problem solving and creative thinking. You will bring theory to application and continue to expand your knowledge along the way. FLCC has all the tools you need including:

  • Scientific Models
  • Preserved Specimen
  • Modern Labs
  • Technical Equipment

The Graduates

Graduates successfully transfer to four-year institutions* such as:

  • The University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, Buffalo, and Geneseo
  • Keuka College
  • St. John Fisher College

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page located online or you can contact the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The department consists of PhD and master-level professors. The faculty members bring years of extensive work in the field along with teaching experience to the classroom. The department is the recipient of a number of National Science Foundation grants. Linda Hobart, Professor of Physical Science, is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and is the Director of the NYS High School Biology-Chemistry Professional Development Network. Professor Hobart is a curriculum developer and workshop presenter for two National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants:

  • The Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
  • POGIL-IC (IC stands for In Contest)*

*These activities are related to real life situations.

Dr. Robert O. Kalbach received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Florida and has a B.S. in biology as well as an A.E. in engineering technology from Pennsylvania State University. Professor Kalbach's research interests include; understanding the reaction path of an electron transferred from one molecule to another by light energy and Photo-induced Electron Transfer (PET). PET reactions in plants produce atmospheric oxygen. Photoreactions may have provided the energy source for the synthesis of the first organic molecules before the existence of life. Bob is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Inter-American Photochemical Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The program has received multiple grants and awards, which include the National Science Foundation Grant and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.