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Overview of Program

Chemistry is the science of matter and how all matter interacts at molecular level. It is an exciting science that relates theory with experience in the laboratory and relates macroscopic (visible) entity and processes to their microscopic constituents (atoms and molecules) and processes. It is a major where you will gain an understanding of the wonders of chemical reactions and the chemistry involved in everyday life and the world around us. It is the only major where you can make new substances that have never existed before! Perhaps, that is a good reason to major in chemistry.

The mission of the chemistry program is to educate each student with the nature of chemistry and prepare the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue productive work in chemistry, including practical application in industry, chemical education, graduate study, community involvement, and other related fields.


Program Highlights

The UC chemistry program provides:

  • The ability to work closely with faculty members.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation.
  • Strong emphasis on undergraduate research and hands-on learning.
  • Publications of faculty-student research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • University of Charleston Chapter of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS Affiliates) on campus.
  • Internships with multinational chemical firms.
  • Strong preparation for a multitude of graduate school opportunities.
  • Chemistry study groups and free tutoring.
  • Academic support from experienced advisors, who can share experiences working in academic and industrial environments.
  • Membership in Science Organizations (such as, ACS Affiliates and Chi Beta).
  • Faculty-led review sessions for PCAT, MCAT, DAT, GRE, and more.
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Additional Program Benefits

  • Laboratory facilities reinforced by a major instruments donation from the Dow Chemical Company received in 2009–2010.
  • Substantial progress has been made in faculty-directed undergraduate research in the last few years, which has led to significant peer-reviewed publications.
  • Collaboration with Marshall University has been established recently, which will create new opportunities in education and research.

Admission Requirements

Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.