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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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For More Information:

Department of Chemistry

Contact: Dr. Christopher Ziegler

Career Opportunities

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.

Career outlook

  • Opportunities are expected to grow for chemists, especially in drug research, development, testing and
    manufacturing industries.
  • Graduates with experience in industry through academic laboratories, internships, fellowships or co-ops stand out among job seekers.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.