Chemistry

The chemistry program involves study in the traditional fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, with special emphasis in the areas of materials chemistry, life sciences chemistry, and the chemistry of gas phase and interstellar media. The department is proud to note that we are ranked 22nd amongst all of the hundreds of departments nationwide by the American Chemical Society.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science Education with an emphasis in Chemistry (B.S.C)

Curriculum
Students begin with study in the areas of general and organic chemistry, which serve as the foundation for upper division courses focusing on quantitative and instrumental analysis, physical chemistry and chemical measurements, and inorganic chemistry including inorganic synthesis. Electives include choices such as biochemistry, chemistry of the solar system, organic reaction mechanisms, synthetic organic chemistry and qualitative organic analysis. Upper division laboratory courses involve elements of real world sample preparation and analysis and encompass a wide range of superb support services. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to pursue laboratory research through independent study, special fellowships, or internships.

Career options
Many graduates pursue advanced science degrees by attending graduate schools; some choose professional schools such as medical, pharmacy, business, or law. Graduates who choose to work in chemistry upon graduation do so in careers involving analysis, synthesis, quality control, or research and development, whether it is for government, industry, or academic units. Graduates may also pursue careers as sales representatives for chemical or pharmaceutical companies. With some additional training, the lab skills and analytical training gained in chemistry has proven desirable by employers in the forensics field. A great demand for science teachers has also made students who pursue the teaching degree very desirable.

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Department of Chemistry