Department Chair: Leslie Sommerville
Professors: Ron Estler, Robert Milofsky, and Leslie Sommerville
Associate Professor: Kenneth Miller
Assistant Professors: Callie Cole, William Collins, Aimee Morris, and Kathryn Mouzakis
Chemists are concerned with the structure, composition, energy relationships, chemical conversions, and other properties of substances. Fields such as environmental analysis, biotechnology, material science, semiconductors, waste management, pollution control, energy research and production, forensic science, and pharmaceuticals all rely on chemists. In fact, the various areas of chemical and biochemical technology offer the largest field of employment in the physical sciences.
The chemistry curriculum provides modern chemical skills and knowledge to students preparing for careers in these and other areas. Many students continue their studies in professional or graduate programs, while others start technical careers immediately after graduation. Chemistry graduates will find additional applications for their training in the fields of education, business, industry, law, government, and medicine.
Three major options within the American Chemical Society approved Chemistry Department meet a variety of student interests as well as professional and industry demands.
The Chemistry Department offers an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree to students completing the specific requirements of the ACS-approved curriculum. ACS certification may require additional courses and students interested in ACS certification should consult with the faculty of the Chemistry Department.
Appropriate preparation for graduate or professional school often involves advanced elective coursework. Students planning on graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields should consult with the chemistry faculty in planning their coursework. Students planning on professional studies in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, or veterinary medicine should consult with the chemistry faculty and the Pre-Health Advisory Committee when planning their studies. See Health Careers Program Options .
A minor in Chemistry is available for students majoring in other disciplines.
The ACS-Certified Bachelor of Science Degree
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors may qualify for an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree upon graduation by successfully completing a core of specified courses in chemistry and related fields along with the required amount of laboratory experience beyond General Chemistry. This program is particularly recommended for students planning to seek an advanced degree in chemistry or a related field or employment in industry.
Students planning to earn an advanced degree in chemistry or biochemistry, engineering, medicine, or other science-based postgraduate program for the purpose of teaching or research or clinical practice are encouraged to extend the basic Chemistry major by including three or four additional courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. These courses should be selected in consultation with the chemistry faculty.
Chemistry majors are also encouraged to study a foreign language.
Chemistry Major for Careers in the Health Professions, Business and Law
Chemistry majors are well prepared to seek admission to professional programs in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, medical technology, and pharmacy. For assistance in planning their curricula, students interested in these programs should consult with members of the Chemistry faculty who are members of the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee (see Health Careers Program Options .
Biochemistry Option prepares students for graduate programs in biochemistry or for employment in the rapidly expanding biotechnology field. Both this and the Chemistry option are appropriate preparations for medical and other health careers and graduate studies.
Chemistry Option prepares students for professional work in various areas of applied chemistry in the chemical industry, for admission to graduate programs in chemistry, and for interdisciplinary careers in the medical and environmental fields.
Chemistry for Secondary Teachers Option gives high-quality academic preparation to students who wish to become Colorado licensed grades 7-12 science teachers. This option is extremely demanding and requires careful planning and advising. Students choosing this option should consult a Chemistry Department advisor as early as possible in their careers, and should read the Teacher Education Licensure Program section for the steps and requirements for applying to the Teacher Education Licensure Program and requirements for completing the program.
Major in Chemistry and Options
Chemistry Major - Biochemistry Option
Chemistry Major - Chemistry for Secondary Teachers Option
Chemistry Major - Chemistry Option
Minor in Chemistry