Explore research opportunities in analytical, organic and inorganic materials and nanomaterials, and theoretical and computational chemistry.

Academic Highlights: Widely regarded for its educational teaching innovations, including the ongoing development of computer-aided learning environments, the Department of Chemistry provides the bulk of laboratory-based undergraduate training on campus, teaching thousands of students in dozens of majors. Mentorship of students engaged in laboratory research is a high priority; all BS majors undertake research. The department is a leader in developing the integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program to train tomorrow's leaders. Thirteen winners of the University's Distinguished Teaching Award—the most on campus—are from the chemistry department.

Research Areas: Topics include chemistry-biology interface: researching the chemical basis for disease, using approaches such as crystallography, high-performance computing, spectroscopy, and protein engineering; materials: synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and theory of novel materials.

Degrees: BS, BA, MS, PhD


  • Tenure faculty: 23
  • Lecturers: 11 
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 9
  • Undergraduate major students: 162
  • Graduate students: 121

Research Awards: $10.8M

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