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Michael Lerner, Chair
153A Gilbert Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4003


Professors Barofsky, Carter, Evans, Gable, Ingle, Keszler, Kong, Lerner, Loveland, Nibler, Remcho, Schuyler, Simonich, Sleight, Subramanian, Watson, Westall, White

Associate Professors Blakemore, Loeser, Maier

Assistant Professors Beaudry, Cheong, Fang

Senior Instructors Drapela, Haak, Nafshun, Pastorek, Walker

Instructors Barth, Firpo, Myles, Richardson, Sleszynski, Weiss

Adjunct Faculty

Beckman, Field, Paulenova, Proteau, Tate, Zabriskie

Undergraduate Major

Chemistry (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

Track-One Options

Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Chemistry

Track-Two Options

Chemistry Education
Chemical Engineering
Environmental Chemistry
Forensic Science
Materials Science



Graduate Major

Chemistry (MA, MS, PhD)

Graduate Areas of Concentration
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Nuclear Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry

Graduate Minor


The Department of Chemistry offers BS, BA, MS, MA, MAIS, and PhD degrees in Chemistry. The facilities, faculty, and curricular offerings in this department are approved by the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry provides a gateway to many professions. An undergraduate chemistry degree may serve as preparation for professional work in chemistry and related sciences; as a foundation to pursue applied fields including pharmaceutical chemistry, forensics, biotechnology, medicine, chemical processing, electronics, agricultural and food science, oceanography, marketing of scientific equipment or supplies, environmental sciences, and atmospheric science. It may also serve as a core for pre-professional students pursuing graduate work in pure or applied chemistry, and for those seeking positions as research chemists and technical experts in commercial laboratories and chemical industries, positions in local, state, and federal government facilities, and for postgraduate work leading to teaching positions in universities, colleges, community colleges, and high schools.

There are several degree programs available to undergraduate chemistry majors. All curricula involve general, organic, analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry course work, plus two to three years of laboratory work in chemistry.

All chemistry majors take part or all of Experimental Chemistry, a six-term laboratory course sequence consisting of 22 project-style experiments. This program replaces the traditional separate divisional laboratory courses in chemistry taught at many universities. Students in this Integrated Laboratory Program work on two to five projects per term, each of which includes components of synthesis, analysis, theory and report writing spanning all areas of modern chemistry. One goal of the program is to provide students intensive hands-on experience in modern chemical instrumentation and computers as a foundation for both graduate studies and employment in science after graduation.

Most chemistry majors take advantage of the opportunity to become involved in research projects in the department. Working with a research group is an exciting way to apply ideas and skills acquired in formal course work. Students work closely with a faculty member and research group to set up their projects. Undergraduates also have the opportunity to present their research as a poster at the annual departmental poster session entitled "Chemistry in Action." Scheduling research time is flexible but three hours of work per week are required per credit. Areas of research available are highly varied and include synthesis of new compounds and materials, development and applications of chemical instrumentation, laser spectroscopy, surface science, reaction mechanisms, design and synthesis of polymers and optical materials, environmental chemistry, bioanalytical methods, and nuclear chemistry. Research experience is helpful when considering graduate work in chemistry and provides valuable experience for entering the job market. Students may also obtain valuable experience and credits for internships.

Graduate Studies

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate work leading toward Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nuclear and radiation chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and solid state chemistry. The major emphasis of the PhD program is on research. A nonthesis master’s degree is available. Most graduate students working on a thesis in chemistry are supported either as graduate teaching assistants or as graduate research assistants.


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