Natural Sciences

Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Chemistry Area of Concentration

From the beginning, you will work closely with faculty learning the research, communications and analytical skills and techniques necessary to succeed in the field. Tutorials, Independent Study Projects, and the senior thesis provide opportunities for intensive study on specific topics and original laboratory research.

Laboratories are well equipped for organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry projects as well as for biochemistry and molecular biology. Students enjoy access to research grade instruments in laboratory courses and research projects. Research facilities include a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, several FTIR and UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, inert atmosphere glove boxes, electrochemistry equipment, a GC-MS, a real-time PCR machine, a digital imaging system, and a state-of-the-art microwave spectrometer.

Recently, students created a colorful, multimedia presentation called “Arts in Chemistry” to help local middle and high school students learn about the environment.

“Students will apply what they have learned in their undergraduate chemistry courses in a practical and hands-on way, and have the opportunity to develop advanced synthesis and characterization skills that are typically beyond the scope of most undergraduate courses.” 

Rebecca Black
Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Recipient of Undergraduate New Investigator Grant from American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Professor Rebecca Black with students Matthew Goldberg (’22 Chemistry AOC) and Jade Stryker (’23 Biology AOC, Chemistry Secondary AOC) and Former President Patricia Okker.

Featured Course

Recent Courses

  • Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Advanced Topics
  • Chemical Research, Communication and Careers
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry II: Structure and Reactivity
  • Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis for Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems

Career Pathways

  • Product Development
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensics
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Testing
  • Food Science

Contact Us

Natural Sciences Division

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Heiser Natural Sciences Complex 172C

Dr. Rebecca Black

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Lin Jiang

Assistant Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry

Steven Shipman

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Leonard Florsheim Chair

Dr. Katherine Walstrom

Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Paul Scudder

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry