The primary mission of the Salisbury University Department of Chemistry is to provide a comprehensive, student-centered undergraduate program of study that meets the changing needs of today's professional chemists in the scientific, health, and education communities.
The Department of Chemistry offers different tracks leading to a B.S. in chemistry, including two tracks that are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). These tracks foster development and expression of rational thought and help prepare students for admission to Ph.D. programs in chemistry, related professional fields (such as medicine and pharmacy), and positions in the chemical and related industries. We have eight major tracks that lead to the B.S.:
*If accepted to the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Pharmacy, the accelerated pharmacy track permits the student to complete only three years at Salisbury University and earn a B.S. in chemistry from SU after successful completion of one year of chemistry-related courses at the pharmacy school.
Because chemistry explains the molecular basis of life and how medicines work, a chemistry degree, particularly our pre-health professional track, is a great way to prepare for careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and other health-related professions.
Forensics uses chemical and biochemical techniques to analyze evidence gathered from crime scenes. You will find a number of chemists employed in forensics labs.
A B.S. in chemistry may be useful for a number of other careers including law, IT, and the development and testing of new materials that are used in numerous ways (car parts, agricultural products, medicines, plastics for toys or medical equipment, and more). A number of careers typically open to those with a chemistry degree are identified on the ACS Web site (www.acs.org) via the careers in chemistry links.
The chemistry faculty at SU are dedicated to teaching their undergraduate students. They maintain an open-door policy to make themselves available outside of class to help you with the course material. Many of the faculty hold review sessions, problem sessions and homework sessions in addition to their office hours. They cannot learn the material for you, but they will design lectures, activities, and assignments to help you learn the material more easily.
At SU, the upper-level chemistry classes tend to be small, which permits some one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. Your absence in these classes will be noticed. Even the general chemistry classes are typically kept to class sizes of 66 or less with 22 students in a lab.
Faculty tend to know chemistry majors by sight and name. Faculty also interact with the chemistry club, “The Chem Society.” With some faculty in attendance, members of this club go bowling, have end-of-the-semester picnics and weekly Friday barbecues. In addition, students assist faculty with demonstration shows and other presentations. Members also have fun while conducting fundraisers. All chemistry majors and minors are invited to join The Chem Society.
It is the department’s philosophy to provide access to as much current chemistry instrumentation as possible during the completion of your degree. For example, through regular coursework, our students will operate the department’s FT-IR with and without an ATR, UV-Vis, HPLC, GC, GC-Mass Spec, AA (or ICP), as well as the department’s $300,000 400 MHz NMR spectrometer.
Students may expand their hands on experience through research with chemistry faculty. Chemistry research means making discoveries that are not in the textbooks, giving you the self-reliance and problem-solving flexibility that mark you as uniquely capable as a future grad student or employee.
In addition to research opportunities, students can also apply to be lab assistants helping to set up experiments. Lab assistants typically work in the general chemistry, organic or biochemistry labs. Those interested in teaching, or simply deepening their knowledge of chemistry, may also apply for positions as grading assistants for faculty. Grading assistants typically grade homework sets and quizzes. Both lab assistants and grading assistants are paid.