The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is located in the Andrew J. McGowan Building for Environmental Science and Chemistry, a Gold LEED-rated building that opened in January, 2009. This building houses all of the department's teaching laboratories and research facilities. DePaul provides first class laboratory environments for all coursework, supported by instruction by our faculty during laboratory courses. Introductory courses in general and organic chemistry train students in standard methods of chemical handling and synthesis. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors gain additional hands-on experience in more advanced courses, operating standard chemical instrumentation including visible-frequency absorption and emission spectrometers, NMR spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs, and potentiometers. The department also maintains a large collection of state-of-the-art research instrumentation, including dedicated, custom-fitted research labs for faculty research groups, as well as a full machine shop. These facilities are available to faculty and students involved in chemical and biochemical research.