|Shown is a water barometer experiment which a freshman chemistry class section did in the Dowden Science Hall Atrium. We showed that on this particular day, atmospheric pressure is such that it can support a 31-foot high column of water in a tube. In the photo of the full barometer, if you look carefully at the tube, you can see that the water level in the tube is between the second and third floors.
Huntington University offers chemistry degrees and a biochemistry track
for students who plan careers in research, medicine, industry and
education. Students who enjoy computers, mathematics, and laboratory
work make good candidates for a chemistry major.
Various Areas of Study
The field of chemistry consists of five
main branches. Many industrial or research chemists specialize in a
combination of these areas. Undergraduates are encouraged to take
foundational coursework in all of these branches of chemistry:
- Analytical chemistry which is the study of ways to analyze
samples. Examples of areas using analytical chemistry include forensic
science, environmental science, and drug testing.
which is one of the fastest-changing fields of chemistry, with new
medically-related discoveries each year. Biochemists work with proteins,
DNA, the design and function of new drugs, and much more.
- Inorganic chemistry which focuses on elements and compounds
other than carbon or hydrocarbons. Compounds studied by inorganic
chemists include crystal structures, minerals, metals, catalysts, and
- Organic chemistry which focuses on carbon-containing
compounds such as fuels, plastics and polymers, food additives, and
drugs. Organic chemists are often the ones who synthesize new materials.
- Physical chemistry which is the study of the physical
properties of molecules, and their relation to the ways in which
molecules and atoms are put together. Areas of investigation include the
generation of heat, the interaction of molecules with radiation, and
the calculation of structures and properties.
Opportunities for Research
majoring in chemistry who are interested in industrial or research
careers may also choose to minor in a related area such as biology,
environmental science, mathematics, or physics. Students are also
encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, internships, and
job experiences through off-campus learning opportunities. These include
summer research internships, January Term courses, and attending
professional meetings and seminars. Click here to learn more about past summer student experiences.
As a chemistry major, students will work
in the 90,000 square-foot Dowden Science Hall which opened in 2002. This
learning center features a quality learning environment with
student-friendly spaces, teaching and research specialty equipment,
well-designed laboratories and research spaces, and multimedia
classrooms in rich, art-infused aesthetic surroundings.
Chemistry majors at Huntington have the
advantage of being mentored in the operation and maintenance of
instruments commonly used in the industry as well as research.
Instrumentation includes a 200 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
spectrometer, a gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer (GC-MS), two
Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometers (FTIRs), three UV-Visible
spectrophotometers, two fluorimeters, a gas chromatograph (GC), a
potentiostat for cyclic voltammetry (CV), and a high performance liquid
chromatograph (HPLC). Other equipment includes oxygen combustion and
solution calorimeters, vacuum equipment, a refractometer, a laser
polarimeter, and Vernier LabQuest handheld data collection units. Click here to learn more about the instrumentation used in the chemistry department.