Major program: To major in chemistry, a student should complete a year of Introductory Chemistry, unless the student has been given Advanced Placement credit. In addition, a year of organic chemistry, the concurrent laboratories, a year of physical chemistry, and a year of advanced laboratory is required.

Chemistry majors are also required to register for and attend two semesters of Chemistry Symposia. The major is completed by electing a total of at least three credits from 300-level courses. All courses other than seminars that are required for the chemistry major must be taken under a letter-grading mode (A-F). One of the three 300-level electives may be replaced by two semesters of research. All chemistry majors are encouraged to do research with a faculty member, including during one or more summers. Financial support for summer research is generally available.

Sample Courses: Biomedicinal Chemistry; Biology and Chemistry in the Modern World: A Survey of Drugs and Disease; Introduction to Biomolecular Structures; Forensics: Science Behind CSI; Practical NMR; Enzyme Mechanisms

Number of Professors: 18

Chemistry Building
Title: Faculty Spotlight
Chemistry Building

Joseph Knee

Chair, Chemistry DepartmentProfessor of Chemistry


Research Interests: Physical Chemistry: Research areas include molecular multiphoton ionization spectroscopy, picosecond and nanosecond studies of isolated molecule non-radiative decay processes and measurement of state-to-state unimolecular reaction rates.