Established in 1885, the Department of Chemistry has a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching. At the turn of the century, when other scientists had just begun to find uses for the gummy by-product of certain chemical reactions, University of Akron chemistry professor Charles M. Knight was already teaching the world's first college course in rubber chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry offers master's degrees and doctoral degrees in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on scholarship through active research and academic programs designed especially to meet student needs. Opportunities are provided for applications in environmental, medical and industrial projects. The department encourages professional growth through meetings, seminars and direct contact with leading scientists from industry and other universities. Cross-disciplinary training is promoted through continued collaborations with The Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science, Institute for Biomedical Engineering Research, Center for Environmental Studies, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.


Scope and Purpose:

This collection is established to support the Curriculum and research of the chemistry department. The following subjects should be collected at the research level: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, aliphatic compounds, aromatic compounds, heterocyclic compounds, organometallic compounds, biological chemistry, physical and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry, crystallography, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Carbohydrates, qualitative and quantitative analysis should be collected at the advanced study level. General works should be collected at the initial study level.


The chemistry department offers the bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees. The undergraduate program is accredited by the American Chemistry Society, and it prepares students for immediate employment or graduate study. Secondary teaching certification may be obtained by meeting the College of Education requirements. Chemistry is the only major offered. The undergraduate program requires the principles of chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, quantitative analysis, analytical chemistry, and advanced chemistry courses. Mathematics and physics courses are also required. The master's program requires twenty-four credits of chemistry courses, a thesis, and reading proficiency in a foreign Language. The doctoral program requires twenty-four credits of coursework, sixty credits of research, a dissertation, four cumulative examinations, and proficiency exams in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. The students are required to propose a new field of research and defend it. Graduate courses are offered in the chemistry of polymers, quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry, although no specific courses are required. The chemistry department courses are an important part of the programs for polymer science and chemical engineering. Students in biology, nursing, physics, and home economics also take chemistry courses as part of their programs.

Geographical Coverage:

There is no geographical limit for appropriate materials. The primary geographical areas for inclusion in the collection should be the United States for about sixty percent of the collection, and Europe, Russia, Japan, India, China, and Australia for the other forty percent.


Most circulating materials in this collection should be in English. The reference materials will be about twenty percent German and the remainder in English. Chemical research may be reported in any Language but attempts should be made to maintain a balance of at least 70 percent of the serials titles in English and the other 30 percent maximum in the more common foreign Languages of German, Russian, French, Japanese, or Chinese.

Period Coverage:

The acquisition emphasis should be on materials published in the most recent five years. However, the retrospective holdings of all chemistry serials should be comprehensive as chemists need to retrace the research to the origins of the subject under investigation.

Publication Types:

General works are collected at the initial study level, and professional works, handbooks, journals, symposia, and proceedings collected at the research level.


Print, including microform, is collected at the research level and comprises at least 95 percent of the collection. Computer software and audiovisual software is collected at the initial study level, but is no more than five percent of the collection.

Remote Sources:

The collections at Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University may be used for interlibrary loans filling in the University Libraries' collection. The Center for Research Libraries gives access to expensive foreign journals not in high demand.


Textbooks and popular works generally will not be acquired under this policy by purchase, although gifts of these materials may be added to the collection if the library identifies a use for them.

Policy Revised: 1989-01