The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to educate students in the theory and ethical practice of chemistry within the framework of the scientific method, and to provide students with a context for appreciating the history of chemistry and its applications within society.
We offer both undergraduate (B.S. and B.A.) and graduate (M.S.) degrees, as well as a combined B.S./M.S. that is possible to complete in five years. There are 4 tracks for the B.S. degree, all of which are ACS-accredited: Analytical/Physical; Biochemistry/Medicinal; Synthetic; and Standard.
The B.S. degree requires completion of courses at the Introductory level, Foundation Level, and In-Depth level (within a particular track), along with courses in Physics, Math, and the Liberal Studies Program.
The B.A. degree requires completion of only the Introductory and Foundation chemistry courses (along with courses in Physics, Math, and the Liberal Studies Program).
There are two options for M.S. degree, as well: Non-Thesis (course-work only) and Thesis. The Non-Thesis option has several tracks, which are similar to the tracks offered for the B.S. degree; this makes the 5-year B.S./M.S. combined degree a popular route for many students.
The department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility, equipped with a comprehensive list of modern analytical instrumentation, and its faculty are all research-active.