Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is the center of science. Chemists seek understanding of all aspects of the physical and biological worlds at the molecular level, developing methodologies to probe the structure of molecules and chemical reactions. These techniques are critical to solving biological and biomedical problems and also provide tools to address important problems in materials science, geology, and in the environmental sciences.

Chemistry students gain the intellectual skills needed to confront and solve difficult problems and develop a rigorous lifelong commitment to learning. In conjunction with the Chemistry Department’s active Ph.D. program, undergraduate Chemistry majors work with faculty members and graduate students engaged in cutting-edge research. This participation brings state-of-the-art perspectives to undergraduate learning that can only be obtained at a modern research university.

Chemistry students learn to be creative thinkers, scientists, and clear communicators, under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty who are deeply committed to teaching, advising, and research. Faculty regularly garner funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others, for research in areas that include biomedical applications and drug development, environmental science, and materials science.