The Department of Chemistry is at the forefront of fundamental and applied research in the areas of analytical, materials, physical, nuclear, organic and bioorganic chemistry. Highly ranked in many research areas, the chemistry department is a national leader in discovering new chemical approaches to improve the environment, cure disease and build innovative, sustainable, clean energy applications. Our faculty and students are engaged in basic, interdisciplinary, and applied research to solve critical problems in the areas of healthcare, drug discovery, nuclear decontamination and green technologies.
The Department of Chemistry is committed to transformative undergraduate teaching, graduate mentorship and high quality research. The department offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree with 10 focused options to enhance in-depth learning and help chemistry students qualify for a broad range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs after graduation, in addition to graduate school and medical school. To prepare the next generation of science leaders and 21st century citizens, faculty engage students in research and experimental inquiry in our cutting-edge chemistry labs at the Linus Pauling Science Center.
The graduate program attracts master’s and Ph.D. students from all over the world pursuing research and teaching under the guidance of exceptional scientists and mentors. The graduate experience is focused on supporting individual career pathways through integration of research and professional skills development.