General Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemistry is the science that is concerned with substances and their properties, composition, and reactions. Four principal areas may be defined: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. In addition to teaching in high schools, colleges, and universities and working in a variety of government laboratories, chemists are employed in such diverse industries as rubber, leather, dye, explosives, drugs, plastics, adhesives, paint, metals, glass, cement, insecticides, textiles, petroleum, soap, paper, semi-conductors, and cosmetics. Synthesis of new organic and inorganic chemicals is of basic importance to all chemistry. Sales of most drug and plastic companies, for example, are concentrated in substances unknown ten years ago. The development of adequate methods for analysis of these new materials requires constant research on instrumental and chemical methods of analysis. An understanding of the rates and equilibria of chemical reactions, thermodynamics of chemical and physical processes, and the structures of molecules is essential for the development of new fuels and industrial processes as well as for the understanding of many phenomena such as global warming, ozone depletion, and atmospheric pollution. Every educated person should have some knowledge of chemistry and many interesting and rewarding careers require varying amounts of training in this field.


Undergraduate Programs
The degree Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the various fields of chemistry as well as a proper educational balance in the liberal arts. The program is for students planning careers in the chemical industries or in government laboratories or for those planning graduate study in chemistry or related sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. In addition to the Bachelor of Science degree, the Department of Chemistry also offers the degree Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, for those interested in combining knowledge of chemistry with the study of other fields, and the degree Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemical Physics, for those students who have a professional interest in the areas of overlap between chemistry and physics. The chemistry disciplinary majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees are available for teacher certification. A chemistry disciplinary minor is also available for teacher certification. 


Graduate Programs
The graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry enable properly qualified students to increase their knowledge of, and competence in, the field of chemistry. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is earned by those intent on demonstrating their competence to carry out independent research in chemistry and includes course work, seminar presentations, and research that leads to a defendable thesis and published work. The Master of Science degree is evidence of increased knowledge and competence in chemistry and may include research.