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Beyond The Classroom

Hands on learning

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Students learn how to think and work like a scientist alongside our faculty mentors in a professional laboratory setting. These valuable skills prepare undergraduate students for graduate school or a career right out of college. We provide several opportunities to engage in year-long research activities, which students may begin as early as their first summer. Our faculty has 25-30 sponsored summer research opportunities, and includes paid positions.

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Honors program

Excel in chemistry and you may qualify for the chemistry honors program, which emphasizes independent study and research.


  • A 3.2 GPA or above in chemistry and overall
  • A student must complete CHE 212 to be eligible for honors work


  • Completion of the degree requirements for the chemistry BA, chemistry BS (chemistry or environmental chemistry tracks), or biochemistry BS
  • Two (2) additional credit hours of research or the equivalent, under advisement. This can include CHE 397, 399, 494, 498, 499, an internship or an off-campus undergraduate research program. These research credits may be taken with more than one advisor
  • A 3.2 GPA in chemistry and a 3.2 GPA overall


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Chemistry Club

Chemistry Club helps provides guidance to students as they prepare for their careers. Build lifelong friendships, explore chemistry outside of the classroom and learn to prepare and present technical material before audiences.

Pre-optometry Club

Pre-optometry Club supports our students, promoting optometry as a possible career choice, and to provide guidance as they prepare for the optometry school application process.


A large network of internships and co-op opportunities, are among the ingredients for future success. Students can intern at Maryland-based W.R. Grace each summer or at any number of placements on or off campus.


Chemistry Department

296 Shineman


Phone: 315.312.3048

Email: [email protected]