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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Department of Chemistry

Contact: Dr. Christopher J. Ziegler

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

The B.S. degree in chemistry is designed for a student intending to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a related science, or to pursue an industrial or governmental research career in chemistry. Chemists with advanced degrees often hold faculty positions at colleges and universities, or work in fields that connect chemistry with other disciplines, such as technical sales, patent law, company management or environmental sciences.

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.