Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Our dedicated and accomplished faculty members provide a challenging yet supportive environment where students learn chemistry by doing chemistry. Our department promotes a culture that emphasizes experiential learning through undergraduate research and laboratories that provide students with hands-on use of modern instrumentation in state-of-the-art facilities.
Our department offers the following undergraduate degrees: BA in chemistry, BS in chemistry, and BS in biochemistry. The BS degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society. In addition to traditional courses in organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biochemistry, we also offer unique elective courses that include the Science of Wine, environmental chemistry and industrial chemistry.
Of all the experiences our department offers, undergraduate research is the most valued by our students. Students who participate in research in our department have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research project. During the academic year, students can earn up to ten credit hours conducting research and stipends are usually available for students interested in doing summer research. Each year we typically have 40 – 50 students who spend their summer immersed in a research project with their faculty mentor (summer 2015 research students pictured below). Our undergraduate students frequently present their work at regional and national meetings and co-author papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Most students who graduate from our department go on to top graduate or professional schools, or obtain employment in the sciences. Check out our alumni page for a sampling of their accomplishments. And if you are a graduate of our program, please let us know what you are doing now!