The curriculum provides basic education in chemistry with sufficient breadth and flexibility to meet the needs of students in the liberal arts, preprofessional programs, and students who wish to pursue careers in the field. The sequence of chemistry courses and their contents are based on the criteria recommended by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training and, therefore, are readily transferable. The courses underscore modern aspects of chemistry with particular attention given to instrumentation, modern concepts and methods, and use of computers. The two-year sequential offering in chemistry provides students with an excellent foundation for future studies in chemistry, biology, veterinary medicine, health-related disciplines such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, environmental sciences, engineering, industrial work, science journalism and science education.
The department possesses modern equipment typically available in undergraduate chemistry laboratories. Major equipment includes: Varian Saturn 2000 bench top gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, Varian EM360 nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer with Anasazi Eft-60 computer interface, Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1000 Fourier transform - infrared spectrometer, Varian Cary 100 ultraviolet - visible spectrophotometer, Beckman high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatographs, rotary evaporators, vacuum manifold system, analytical balances and digital pH meters.