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Department of Chemistry

Dina Lloyd and Tim Beck reattaching the ion source of the 3200 Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (Q-trap) AB Sciex mass spectrometer.

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).

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.

Course Rotation

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.


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Dina Lloyd (left) and Tim Beck (right) reattaching the ion source of the 3200 Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (Q-trap) AB Sciex mass spectrometer.

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