Chemistry deals with everything in the material world and with all living things at their most fundamental level, molecular and atomic.
- A thorough background is provided in the five branches of chemistry - analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry
- Theory taught in the classroom is applied in undergraduate laboratory classes and research projects
- Coursework prepares you for advanced study in chemistry or a career in industry or government.
- A B.S. with Polymer Option is available to those who have an interest in polymer chemistry.
- A B.A. in Chemistry is offered for those who plan to pursue careers which use chemistry - such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or education.
- All have received federal and industrial support for their research projects
- All regularly publish in scientific journals
Undergraduates are encouraged to do independent research in a field such as organic, inorganic or polymer synthesis, nanotechnology, drug design, laser spectroscopy or environmental analysis. The Department of Chemistry maintains:
- $8.6 million worth of nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation
- mass spectrometers
- X-ray diffractometers
- IR-UV-Vis spectrometers
- liquid and gas chromatographs to identify, purify and characterize chemical compounds
Internships, cooperative education experiences and volunteer opportunities are available.
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Degrees and Preparation
A degree in chemistry paves the way to careers in manufacturing industries and in research development and testing services for the government. Entry-level positions in chemistry require at least a bachelor’s degree; research positions typically require an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Chemists with advanced degrees often hold faculty positions at colleges and universities.
- Opportunities are expected to grow for chemists, especially in drug research, development, testing and
- Graduates with experience in industry through academic laboratories, internships, fellowships or co-ops stand out among job seekers.
A&S Careers Program
Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:
- lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
- computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
- volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
- department-specific mentoring arrangements