Why Study Chemistry?

    MMC’s Chemistry minor gives you a solid foundation in general and organic chemistry, preparing you for graduate and professional programs. This minor is ideal for students aspiring to medicine and other health-related fields, as well as art conservation, environmental science, and food science.

    Why Study Chemistry at MMC?

    Take advantage of MMC’s unique interdisciplinary education and combine your chemistry coursework with your other passions such as Dance, Theatre, Communications, Humanities, Studio Art, and more. At MMC, Chemistry minors apply chemical principles to problems in biomedicine, environmental science, and art conservation. Located in New York City, MMC Chemistry minors take advantage of exceptional apprenticeships and visit conservation labs in world-renowned museums.

    What You Will Learn

    • Understand fundamental principles governing chemical reactions and bonding.
    • Master basic laboratory skills in general and organic chemistry.
    • Appreciate connections between chemistry and other disciplines.


    Matthew Lundquist,
    Chair of Natural Sciences

    Program Highlights

    Cell and Molecular Biology students master the ?art? of pipetting.

    MMC’s Chemistry minor, in combination with a major in Studio Art or Art History, provides excellent preparation for careers and graduate school in Art Conservation. Our prime location in NYC allows undergraduate students to visit conservation labs at some of the greatest museums in the world and pursue unparalleled apprenticeships. Our students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs in Art Conservation, including at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

    Shade Eleazer ?22, Wehman Scholarship Awardee

    The Chemistry minor provides a unique opportunity for Biology and Biomedical Sciences majors to deepen their knowledge and experience in the chemical field. A chemistry minor enhances medical school applications and is broadly useful in all fields of health sciences.

    We offer undergraduates extraordinary opportunities to conduct original research with chemistry faculty. Examples include computational chemistry research with Dr. Benedetta Sampoli Benitez and environmental geochemistry research with Dr. Alessandra Leri.

    • MMC allowed me to establish close and lasting relationships with my professors through an intimate and challenging learning environment. As a result of my hard work and the support I received, I am now working as a research technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where I am able to apply lab techniques and skills from my education and hands-on experience at MMC. It was an honor to be taught and work alongside such brilliant educators.

      Elevit Perez ’17

      Class of 2017, Major in Biology, Minor in Chemistry

      Meet Elevit
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    Career Outcomes

    Our alumni go on to a diverse array of careers and graduate programs. Here are some examples:

    Job Titles and Programs

    • Art Conservator
    • Pharmacist
    • Research Technician
    • Lab Technician
    • MD programs
    • DO programs
    • Ph.D. programs


    • Courtauld Institute of Art
    • Weill Cornell Medicine
    • Mount Sinai Medicine
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Leri Research Group

    Students in Dr. Alessandra Leri’s research group work on a variety of topics relating to environmental chemistry. Here are the Senior Honors Theses she has supervised recently:

    • Marjan Khan ’20, “Quantification of Fecal Indicator Bacteria on New York City Sidewalks and Evaluation of Transfer to the Indoor Environment”
    • Emma Kamen ’18, “The Urban Ecosystem: A First-Year Course to Boost Cohort Formation and STEM Retention”
    • Rosie Wenrich ’17, “Oxidation-Induced Changes in Marine Biomass: From Phytoplankton to Sedimentary Organic Matter”
    • Marisa Dunigan ’15, “Antioxidant Activity in Edible Brown Seaweed”
    • Katherine Ness ’15, “Organochlorine By-Product Formation in Ozone Bleaching and After clearing Processes”

    Learn more about the research group

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