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An integral component of the chemistry curriculum is the students' "hands on" experience using the many available instrumental methods for analysis of chemical samples within the department. This experience offers students an unusual preparation for careers in the chemical industry and/or continued studies in chemistry. After receiving instruction in the proper operation of an instrument, generally a student may use it whenever needed. The use of PC's, involving word processing, spreadsheet processing, use of commercial chemistry programs and SciFinder for the searching of the chemical literature, are an integral part of the coursework. The University Library has an excellent collection of chemistry related texts, journals (many of which are available on-line), and reference works to assist the student during their studies. A study room with the major American Chemical Society Journals is located in the science building.
The university has available for its undergraduate students a considerable array of up-to-date instrumentation. Major equipment includes: