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Chemistry fundamentals

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

Professional preparation

  • 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 that use chemistry - such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or education.

Our faculty

  • All have received federal and industrial support for their research projects
  • All regularly publish in scientific journals

Akron Advantage

Hands-on research

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

Real-world experience

Internships, cooperative education experiences and volunteer opportunities are available.

Sample Curriculum

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