The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society providing students a curriculum to earn an ACS-certified degree in chemistry in addition to their undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. A new undergraduate program leading to a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Business began enrollment of students in Fall 2020. There are also numerous graduate programs offered including a combined BS/MS and an MS in Chemistry with an optional concentration in Biochemistry. Our graduate programs prepare students to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to assume positions of leadership within the scientific and business communities.

Located in Richardson Hall, we have teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry courses. Research and instrument labs fill the remaining spaces, used for both coursework and faculty and student research. When using the labs it is important to know the safety protocols. We also abide by the principals or green chemistry, both in our teachings and in the lab.

The Department is dedicated to teaching in a stimulating environment providing ample opportunity for hands-on experimentation and individual research. Our mission is preparing and positioning motivated individuals for careers or advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry-based sciences. This includes fields such as medicine and pharmacology, expedited by our Articulation Programs, biotechnology and bioengineering. With this mission in mind, all students involved in our programs can expect to:

  • establish an understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of matter
  • develop the ability to think logically and clearly
  • effectively articulate thoughts, especially to those outside the scientific community
  • critically evaluating experimental data and scientific literature
  • improve personal disciplines such as organization and time management

Chemistry and biochemistry form the core of the physical and life sciences. As a result, the Department plays a central role in the transmission, expansion and application of knowledge. We achieve this through:

  • promotion of a scholarly climate conducive to intellectual growth
  • providing instruction of the highest quality
  • offering graduate programs that are highly regarded
  • fostering significant research and scholarly activities in chemistry, biochemistry and interdisciplinary fields.

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Student Information

Use the following links to find information regarding programs, advising, scholarships, and more.

Undergraduate students starting in a chemistry program should be aware of General Chem I Prerequisites.

Looking to continue your education in a medical field? Learn about the Pre-Health Advisory Committee, the requirements for a letter of recommendation and you’re preparedness for medical school.

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All students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to participate in faculty supervised research projects.


Contact Chemistry and Biochemistry
Richardson Hall Room 356

Department Administrators

Name Title Location Phone Email
Saliya Desilva Chairperson Richardson Hall, 343 973-655-5134
Diane McKernan Secretarial Assistant I/Non-Steno Richardson Hall, 356 973-655-5140