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Department: Chemistry



An addition to the Knott Science Center building was completed in 1999. The second floor of this structure added three new teaching labs (two introductory labs and an advanced lab), research facilities, instrument room, resource room, lecture hall and technology center.

The chemistry department occupies the second floor of the Knott Science Center and has classrooms, equipment, chemical stockroom, modern laboratories and instrumentation to support instruction in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and interdisciplinary areas. There are also three research laboratories for student and faculty use. The department Reading Room and the college's library house books and current journals related to chemistry.

Department Instrumentation for Student and Faculty Use

  • Ion Chromatograph Atomic absorption spectrometer
  • Gas chromatographs High performance liquid chromatograph
  • FT-infrared spectrometer Visible-Ultraviolet spectrophotometer
  • Electrochemistry system

Computers and Technology

Computers in the department include both up-to-date Windows compatible and Macintosh models. These computers are available for use by students and are used in instruction. The University has a fiber optic networked system that is connected to the Internet. Software and hardware support the following activities:

  • General and organic chemistry tutorials-Spectroscopy tutorials
  • Graphics and presentation software: Structure drawing tools
  • Compound nomenclature: Instrument simulations
  • Molecular modeling and visualization: Curve resolution and fitting
  • Merck and CRC Chemistry CD-ROMs-Online CAS searching