Department of Chemistry

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The chemistry department has created a legacy of developing a highly competent, confident and skilled work force, which outstandingly serves the chemical industry and academia. The program is designed to match the professional demand for highly skilled personnel in industry and provide specific training in core areas of chemistry as well as specialized expertise. The chemistry department is well equipped with a large number of modern instruments and includes a full-time instrument specialist who trains faculty and students. Upper-level chemistry majors are trained in the use of modern analytical instrumentation currently used in chemical and biochemical industrial laboratories. All chemistry courses and directed electives in physics and mathematics that constitute the chemistry program are carefully integrated to provide students with a strong foundation in the physical sciences.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Chemistry
  • BA in Chemistry
    Students pursuing a BA in chemistry will receive broad exposure to the major disciplines of modern chemistry, and will have the opportunity to concentrate on at least one major discipline of chemistry. They will be exposed to state-of-the art instrumentation, and may take advantage of numerous opportunities to engage in research with faculty mentors. This degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in science education at the secondary level, but also prepares students for medical school, dental school, and pharmacy school.

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  • Minor in Chemistry
The chemistry program is designed to prepare students for challenging careers in science, technology, and related fields. Our faculty are available and eager to help students both with specific questions about chemistry and larger questions about career development. Most chemistry students are employed within three months of the completion of their degree. Upon graduation, students find employment in a wide variety of industries that require expertise in chemistry or they can continue study in graduate programs leading to an advanced degree in the physical sciences. Industries and areas in which our chemistry graduates gain employment include pharmaceuticals, health care products, electronic materials, hospitals, homeland security, law enforcement, environmental agencies, manufacturing plants, materials companies, and patent offices. They are also prepared for teaching careers at the middle school and high school level.
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Department Spotlight

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Jason Codrington '17 used computational strategies to design nanomaterials that can harvest sunlight and direct its energy into molecules as part of a student research team. He plans to pursue his PhD in theoretical physical chemistry and computational biophysics.