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Chemistry Department


Introduction

Chemistry plays an integral role in solving everyday problems in areas such as energy production, pollution control and disease prevention. Our graduates go on to gain advanced degrees in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry or enter the job market directly, building careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, biomedical, energy and green technology sectors. We provide broad access, high quality education in the molecular sciences at both the bachelor's degree and master's degree levels. Undergraduates may specialize in either biochemistry or materials science. Graduate degree candidates focus on analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, radiochemistry, physical or polymer chemistry. Our curriculum, taught by experts in each of the subfields of chemistry, supplements traditional classroom courses with hands-on laboratory and research instruction. For teaching purposes, as well as to support the department's research mission, we maintain a large collection of state-of-the-art instrumentation, including mass spectrometers, spectrophotometers and lasers.

Undergraduate Honors Program

Departmental honors are awarded to chemistry majors with a 3.5 GPA in required courses for the major and a 3.3 GPA overall, providing these students have completed CHEM 199.

Non-Compliance with Safety Rules

Failure to comply with proper procedures and prescribed safety cautions shall subject the student to removal from the laboratory and/or disciplinary action.

1. Any student who engages in unauthorized experimentation or who seriously disregards safety, thereby endangering self or others shall be withdrawn immediately from the class with a grade of "F".

2. Any student who shows persistent disregard for safety may have his or her grade lowered, and may risk being withdrawn with a final grade of "F".

Prerequisites

Courses prerequisite to all chemistry courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description.

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