The Nature of Chemistry
By definition, chemistry is "the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances," but at it's core, chemistry is discovery. Chemistry is the marriage of art and science; it explains matter and the changes that it goes through. As a chemistry major at Huntington University, you will engage in research and receive hands-on experience in the laboratory. Students are immersed in the excitement of chemistry and its related sciences, as well as applications to many career areas including things like medical school, research laboratories, and science education.
Chemistry students have the option of specializing in biochemistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, or chemistry education. There are also minors available such as environmental science, forensic science and nutrition. Like many students, you may enjoy the benefits of paid summer research projects of various types, on campus, in medical research facilities, and at other universities. Regardless of the area of specialty, chemistry majors at Huntington University have gone on to have successful career paths in chemistry education, forensic science, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and many have completed award-winning chemistry research.
Students in our chemistry program benefit from cutting-edge labs and state-of-the-art facilities. Our science programs are housed in our 90,000 square-foot Dowden Science Hall, which offers student-friendly spaces and research equipment, as well as laboratories and multimedia classrooms. There is also an instrumentation center with excellent professional instruments used in industry as well as research. Outside of the classroom, students are able to serve as an officer in the pre-health professions club, listen to researchers at the Smith Lecture Series, or work on publishing a co-authored article with a professor.
Meet the Faculty
Andrew Schwartz, Class of 2010
If you enjoy studying the effects of solvents on CdSe quantum dots and nickel porphyrins, then you may just follow in the footsteps of 2010 grad Andrew Schwartz.
Schwartz developed his love for field working under Dr. Ruth Nalliah, professor of chemistry at HU. Her lectures interested him in the field of research, and the small classes and one-on-one attention from professors made him love Huntington.
While at HU, Schwartz spent three years as the manager of the chemical storeroom and as a lab assistant. He also had the chance to perform research in the department, working on three different projects across his undergraduate career.
“To any considering pursuing chemistry at HU, I highly recommend the program,” Schwartz said. “Learning the sciences in a small, personal atmosphere with the opportunities for hands-on experience is, in my opinion, the best way to prepare for a career in science. Had I chosen a larger university that lacked the personal attention provided to me by HU, I doubt I would have made it to where I am today.”