The department is organized with the following objectives in view:

  • to increase the general cultural background of all students;
  • to prepare chemistry majors for graduate study, industrial work, or positions with professional ratings in government service;
  • to provide the basic training for professional studies in medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, and other professional fields; and
  • to prepare high school teachers of chemistry.

The department’s bachelor of science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students earning this degree will be certified to the ACS for full membership on graduation.

The department sponsors a student affiliate chapter of the ACS. Any student enrolled in a program of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related discipline is eligible for membership. The chapter serves as a focal point for those interested in the field of chemistry and offers them opportunities for practical experience and professional contacts.