The Chemistry Department is located in the McNair Science Building and Leatherman Science Facility, which provide excellent science facilities for our undergraduate institution.
Our general chemistry facility contains two laboratories that are joined by a balance room. The organic laboratory is regarded as state of the art and has three separate instrument rooms associated with it. Also, there are separate laboratories for Analytical, Physical and Instrumental Chemistry. The research facility also holds a large laboratory and prep room.
Chemistry class sizes rarely exceed 65 and remain moderate at all levels. Multimedia equipped classrooms are used extensively, and many instruments used in the chemistry labs are interfaced with computers for data acquisition and processing. Students’ use of computers and internet access are required for all courses. The department maintains two computer laboratories to accommodate its students. The freshman/sophomore laboratory currently has 14 computers and the Tutoring Center has seven. The junior/senior chemistry majors room portion has two more. Computers are available in the Academic Computer Center and other places on campus.
A partial list of instrumentation available to the Chemistry program includes:
- Fourier Transform infrared spectrophotometers- MIDAC and Perkin-Elmer, which has Attenuated Total Reflectance and Diffuse Reflectance Accessories.
- Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
- Ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometers
- High Performance Liquid and gas chromatographs
- Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
- Luminescence Spectrophotometer
- Gel Permeation Chromatograph
- Differential Scanning Calorimeter