Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry

Curricular Flexibility for BS/BA Chemistry degree programs:

“The chemistry background you need; the flexibility you desire.”  The department has defined an essential core of ten chemistry courses that every chemistry major should take.  Then additional courses for specialization in areas such as analytical/physical, materials, health professions, pharmaceutical, polymers, business, and others enable students to customize their academic background for the career they wish to pursue.

Interactive Group Study:

Several courses in the core and in the customizable curriculum have integrated interactive group approaches to study such as studio in introductory chemistry, workshops in organic and project groups in analytical and physical laboratories. Working in groups enhances learning and student satisfaction.

High Levels of Research Participation:

Research is an option that 70% of the majors in chemistry and biochemistry select.  Faculty in Chemistry welcome undergraduates into their research groups.  Students work on important projects in areas that have a direct impact on society: new diagnostic assays for HIV antigens, pharmaceuticals for rage suppression, drug delivery by novel liposomes, new catalysts for synthesis of fuels and smart surfaces are only a few of the research projects available to undergraduates.

Special points of interest:
  • ACS certified BS Chemistry major
  • Course flexibility allows a wide range of specialized interests within the BS/BA Chemistry major
  • 25% of seniors are in the exclusive College Scholars program
  • 70% of undergraduates get involved in research
  • Students enjoy social events with professional groups like ACS and AXE
  • Students graduating from our program earn an above average salary in industry
Research Opportunities:

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ACS - Get Experience

From the ACS Page: The “Get Experience” site allows students to find undergraduate research opportunities, internships and other chemistry-related experiences for FREE!

Research Symposium:

Please visit the Supporting Student Research  and Academic Symposium pages to view posters presented by Department of Chemistry Students.