Welcome to the Chemistry Department!
About the Department
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 seven major tracks that lead to
- chemistry ACS-certified
- chemistry pre-health professional
- biochemistry-ACS certified
- accelerated pharmacy*
- dual degree in chemical engineering
- chemistry/teacher certification
*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.
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.