Elmira College adds 4 new chemistry majors


ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — Dr. Besty Smith, Assistant Professor of chemistry at Elmira College stopped by 18 News today to discuss new chemistry concentrations being offered at Elmira College.

This year, Elmira College will be offering four new chemistry concentrations including medicinal plant chemistry, general chemistry, professional chemistry, and chemistry for health sciences. They will become only the third institution in the country to offer an academic program in medicinal plant chemistry.

The medicinal plant chemistry track is especially exciting for the college because it’s designed for students interested in the analysis of plants for medicinal and food applications. In this major, students will get to analyze the plant properties of items that are being used every day, such as essential oils, medicinal cannabis, craft beer, wine.

Having that knowledge is especially important in this region with wineries and craft breweries, and also with medicinal cannabis industry growing every day.

The general chemistry track is designed for students desiring a career in chemistry without a graduate degree, such as a middle or high school chemistry teacher.

The professional chemistry track is designed for students interested in attending graduate school in chemistry. The chemistry for health sciences track is for students who intend to become healthcare professionals (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc.).

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