Subatomic particles and gigantic rock formations, the chemistry that makes up our bodies and the physics that lets us explore the farthest reaches of the solar system—in our department you learn about the big and the small, the near and the far.

Delve into current research in the fields of chemistry, physics and earth and planetary sciences. Although we are a small campus, our students have access to state-of-the-art technology, including robotic telescopes and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

Student research adventures
Who knew that silicone wristbands would turn out to be such a useful tool in studying environmental contaminants? Danielle Molenaar, a chemistry major, used the wristbands to gather data for a research project she developed with her faculty supervisor.
Danielle Molenaar Full Story
I truly think the fact that we are interdisciplinary is our biggest strength.
HILARY CORLETT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Attend or present at the URSCA conference
Celebrate your achievements and those of your fellow science students at the Undergraduate Research in Science Conference. Abstracts due March 26. Talk to your instructor to learn more.
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Check out our new major
If you love chemistry, our new major might just be what you are looking for. Learn core chemistry and explore interdisciplinary chemical fields. With this major, you meet the requirements for attaining Professional Chemist designation, opening the door to nation-wide employment.
Chemistry student in lab About the new major
Dig a little deeper

We offer senior-level courses that allow you to explore specialized content or emerging issues in greater depth. The topics change each year and reflect the particular expertise of our faculty members.

Special Topics Courses