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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.

chemistry lab


The university has available for its undergraduate students a considerable array of up-to-date instrumentation. Major equipment includes:

  • Intuvo GC/MS
  • Perkin Elmer Avio 200 ICP-OES
  • Agilent HPLC
  • Shimadzu UV-2600 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Varian Eclipse Fluorometer
  • Jasco HPLC
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1 IR
  • Cruker Ascend 400 NMR
  • Jasco J-710 CD/ORD
  • Osmomat 070 Vapor Pressure Osmometer
  • MiniWave Microwave Digestor
  • Shimadzu GC-2010 / QP2010 SE GC/MS
  • Metrohm Titrando 888 Auto-Titrator
  • Sartorius Microbalance
  • Thermo Evolution 201 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Custom Built MALDI-MS
  • Waters AutoSpec High Res MS
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum One IR
  • Shimadzu RF-6000 Fluorometer
  • NuSpec Advantage 532 Raman Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer 2400 CHNS/O Elemental Analyzer
  • Thermo LCQ LC-MS
  • BASi Epsilon EClipse Electrochemical Analyzer
  • Perkin Elmer Frontier IR
  • Perkin Elmer TGA 4000 DTA
  • Mettler-Toled o DSC 1
  • Perkin Elmer ICP-MS
  • Perkin Elmer IR
  • Thermo Trace 1310 ISQ LT GC/MS

Roy & Henrietta (Etts) Hemminghaus Chemistry Lab

Zahra Alikhani and Ian Parker using GCMS in Roy & Henrietta (Etts) Hemminghaus Chemistry Lab.

Resources for Students

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. 

Chemistry Library

A study room with the major American Chemical Society Journals is located in the science building.