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 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.

Curriculum Guide

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Department of Chemistry

Contact: Dr. Kim Calvo

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.

A&S Careers Program

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements


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