Chemistry is the science that deals with the composition of materials, their structures and properties, the transformations they undergo, and the energy changes that accompany these transformations. Areas of study include general, organic, medicinal, physical, analytical, and inorganic chemistry, as well as biochemistry and earth science. See more about our research labs and facilities.
Approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers programs leading to the following degrees:
Besides training for a career or graduate study in chemistry, bachelor's students are prepared for medical or dental school, engineering programs, and other careers where technical expertise is needed. The department provides a personal, congenial environment where both male and female students can develop and pursue a flexible program of study designed to fulfill individual interests and needs.
Full-time faculty teach the majority of courses at all levels and work one on one with students doing research.
Students are encouraged to participate in research projects at all levels. The Schwartz fellowship supports two or three undergraduates who wish to do research in the department during the summer.
Graduate students are supported by teaching assistantships or stipends from research grants. Washington, DC, is a center for scientific research, and our students have the opportunity to attend seminars and use the research facilities at area laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (formerly the National Bureau of Standards).
Courses & Rotation
For upcoming class offerings, times, and open sections,
please see the Schedule of Classes page from the Office of the Registrar.
For all chemistry course descriptions, please see the AU Catalog.
CHEM-410 Biophysical Chemistry (3) is usually offered every spring.
CHEM-411 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (1) is usually offered every spring.
CHEM-510 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate falls.
CHEM-511 Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2) is usually offered alternate falls.
CHEM-550 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate springs.
CHEM-552 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1) is usually offered alternate springs.
CHEM-360/CHEM-660 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3) are usually offered alternate springs.