Chemistry Degree

The Heart of Matter

All it takes is a closer look for the familiar to transform into something completely extraordinary. In the Department of Chemistry, we study the building blocks of the world, then use our knowledge to create everything from medicine to rockets. It’s precise, it’s demanding, and the result is completely worth the effort.

At Huntington University, we want to expand your horizons by exploring the tiniest pieces of God’s world. Whether your studies center around environmental impact, what makes up our bodies, or the elements themselves, together we’ll get to the heart of matter.

Formula for Success

Our smaller school size often means increased opportunities for individual students. You have more direct access to high-caliber professors, competitive research opportunities, and time with lab instrumentation – all benefits when it comes to securing your first research position or place in graduate school.

For example, we collaborate with other departments to provide a variety of minors that pair well with a chemistry degree:

  • Environmental science
  • Forensic science
  • Nutrition
of HU chemistry students complete a major undergraduate research project
Hours of hands-on lab experience for a chemistry major
Acceptance rate to medical school
Minutes required to complete Dr. Ruth Nalliah’s unique degrading dyes experiment

Straight to the Heart

We have the tools and opportunities that will enrich your college journey and develop your chemistry skills.

Lab equipment you will use:

  • 200 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer
  • Gas chromatograph–mass spectrometer (GC-MS) and a gas chromatograph (GC)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers (FTIRs)
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometers
  • Fluorimeters
  • Potentiostat for cyclic voltammetry (CV)
  • High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Oxygen combustion and solution calorimeters
  • Vacuum equipment
  • Refractometer
  • Laser polarimeter

Skills you’ll learn for graduate school and a professional career:

  • How to keep a quality lab notebook
  • Confidence in using lab instrumentation
  • Confidence in research techniques

In addition, you will have opportunities to:

  • Work alongside a PhD on a research project on campus
  • Complete an off-campus research project

Come Visit HU!

The best way to get to the heart of matter is to see our facilities, equipment, and community for yourself. Our students and faculty are some of the best in the field – will you be next?

Come Visit HU

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The Bordeaux-Howald Research and Instrument Fund

Our magnificent Dowden Science Hall facility is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary of use. Several of the instruments used in Brenn Hall were carried over into the new building, and a generous budget allowed for the purchase of some higher-priced instruments such as the mass spectrometer and the cryogenic nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. The NMR was purchased used, and is now over 25 years old. Aging instruments need to be replaced, but costs can be prohibitive.
To this end, Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Bordeaux has begun a fund which the department has decided to name in honor of his career devoted to HU from 1987 to 2012, as well as the career of the late Professor Jim Howald, who from 1961 to 1995 began to establish the variety of instruments that Huntington University has today. The funds will accumulate and finance student research projects that are not otherwise funded or large-ticket instrument purchases as needed. The Bordeaux-Howald Research and Instrument Fund will be used to ensure good experiences for our students in the areas of instrumentation and research in the Huntington University Department of Chemistry.

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