Chemistry is the science of materials and their transformations, so the study of chemistry is an important part of understanding how many natural and engineered systems work. The study of chemistry can provide insights into the function of DNA and nanotechnology at the small scale, ecosystems and nebulae on the large scale, and many more familiar items such as foods, drugs and gasoline.
The chemistry program has been accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and closely follows the recommendations of that society in the design of its academic programs.
The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry include two semesters of each of the following areas: general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry; one semester of inorganic chemistry and biochemistry; and one upper-division chemistry elective. A student completing the program is certified by the ACS. Exceptions to ACS certification may be made by the department chair.
Each chemistry major will have the opportunity to participate in an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The department encourages all majors to become involved in the research program. An honors program in chemistry is also available. Please contact the department chair.