Chemistry majors enjoy a learning environment defined by the close interaction between faculty and students. A majority of chemistry majors build on those strong faculty relationships by undertaking undergraduate research under a professor who works in their particular field of interest.
Students learn to use a variety of important modern instrumentation techniques and receive significant laboratory training as part of their coursework in the Department of Chemistry. Students can expect to get hands-on training using a high-field NMR, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electrochemistry, spectrofluorimetry and ultra violet-visible spectrophotometry.
First-year students are encouraged to investigate the University's new integrated quantitative (IQ) science course, a year-long class team taught by 10 professors that combines material from the introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science.