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Academics

The Department of Chemistry offers American Chemical Society (ACS) certified and non-ACS certified B.S. degrees, both of which require a rigorous program in each of the five subdivisions of chemistry as well as physics and math.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter the chemical profession, pursue graduate work in chemistry, prepare for advanced study in medicine or in life science, as well as a career in chemical education (CHMT).  Students entering TCNJ as chemistry majors are initially enrolled in the ACS certified B.S. program but may transfer to the non-ACS program after faculty advisement and department approval based upon student interests. The Department also offers specialization in Forensic Chemistry and Condensed Matter.

Consistent with the goals of TCNJ, the chemistry faculty has substantial contact with each student. Faculty advisors meet regularly with students to assist in defining educational paths that will best allow the pursuit of career goals. Assistance is also provided through a comprehensive seminar program spanning 3 of the standard four year curriculum that incorporates discussions of the roles and responsibilities of chemists in today’s society and introduces students to “the tools of the trade.”

The Department strongly encourages students to engage in independent research during the academic year through independent study courses (CHE 493) and also during the summer through the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experiences Program (MUSE). Students have the opportunity to participate in research programs with faculty members in each sub-discipline of chemistry in well-equipped research laboratories.  Some projects have multidisciplinary aspects and involve collaborations both within and outside of the department. Students have hands-on access to an array of modern instrumentation.

THE CHEMISTRY CURRICULUM

Small Class Sizes

Smaller classes mean closer attention—and a high-quality education. Upper-level courses seat only 15 to 20 students; even our average class size is 20. And faculty teach all lab courses. This close, consistent interaction is one of the reasons we rank in the top 4% nationally in graduating chemistry majors.

Extensive Research Opportunity

Explore current questions in chemistry, advancing knowledge while building your proficiency. Students tackle research in all areas of chemistry, working with modern instrumentation in the labs of faculty mentors. From proposing a project to reporting their findings, students complete the entire research process and graduate from TCNJ as experienced scientists.

Engaged Faculty Mentors

Our teacher-scholars are active scientists and attentive mentors. They all lead strong research groups, welcoming undergraduates as collaborators and co-authors. Much of this work is pursued with colleagues from other departments, institutions, and industry. These partnerships give student researchers networking connections and an inside track on exciting research and career advances.

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