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.
Approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers programs leading to the following degrees:
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).
AU Chemistry undergrads not only redesign their own research projects. They reshape the courses every year.
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-415 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate falls (even years).
CHEM-440 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate springs (even years).
CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate springs (odd years).
CHEM-481 Experimental Chemistry I (3) is usually offered alternate falls (even years).
CHEM-482 Experimental Chemistry II (3) is usually offered alternate springs (odd years).
Arianna Lopez, CAS/BS ’20, was profiled by American magazine in "A Balancing Act."
Alexander Zestos received an award from the National Institutes of Health for his "Study of the Molecular Mechanisms of Amphetamine Abuse."
Alexander G. Zestos (chemistry) was selected as an Emerging Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his recent publication in their journal, Analytical Methods.