Chemistry & Biochemistry



T. R. Burkholder, Acting Chair Fall 2011; J. V. Arena, G. A. Crundwell, N. M. Glagovich,  C. A. Jones, S. P. Watton, B. L. Westcott, Jr.; Staff: H. Galli, Science Technical Specialist (Dept. phone: 860-832-2675)


Department Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and to counseling students to help reach their personal and professional goals. The faculty have a variety of research interests and encourage student involvement in research projects. The department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides undergraduate and graduate courses in the five major areas of chemistry (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry). The department offers the following BS degrees: chemistry, certified by the American Chemical Society; an interdisciplinary degree in biochemistry (administered jointly with the Department of Biomolecular Sciences); and a degree in chemistry certifiable for secondary teaching.

The department facilities are located in Copernicus Hall and include five instructional laboratories, three research laboratories, and two major instrument rooms. All research and many teaching laboratories are equipped with networked computers. Four large computer facilities are available for chemistry majors; all are equipped with state-of-the-art chemistry software packages, including chemical drawing and molecular modeling software.

Chemistry students are introduced to the major research instruments typically found in academic and industrial laboratories, including gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer; 300 MHz Fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; two Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers; two UV/visible spectrophotometers; three high-performance liquid chromatographs; an atomic absorption spectrophotometer; a spectrofluorometer; an electrochemical analyzer; a petrographic microscope; three stand-alone gas chromatographs; a polarimeter; a single crystal x-ray diffractometer capable of powder, fiber, and low temperature data collection; and additional instrumentation. For more information, interested students should visit the department's website at or contact the department's secretary, Catherine Olson-Garuti, at 860-832-2675.



Major in Chemistry, BS

Major in Biochemistry, BS

Major in Chemistry, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 36 credits)

Minor in Chemistry (Non-teaching, 21 credits)

Minor in Chemistry (Certifiable for secondary teaching)


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