Chemistry - Polymer

Polymer Chemistry Fundamentals

As one of the physical sciences, chemistry deals with the nature and properties of matter at the most fundamental level — molecular and atomic. In determining the properties and composition of matter, chemists are often able to develop new materials and find practical uses for them.

  • The B.S. in Chemistry - Polymer Option provides students with a greater concentration in chemistry and is accredited by the American Chemical Society.
  • 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.A. in Chemistry is offered for those who plan to pursue careers which 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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