The fundamental mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide students with: (1) an understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry; (2) the skills necessary for critical and analytical thinking; (3) an appreciation of chemistry and its central place among the sciences; (4) a feeling for the joys and frustrations of original research; and (5) the ability to communicate observations and discoveries.
The Department offers a balance between pure and applied chemistry. The faculty is qualified in the major divisions of chemistry - inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemical. The undergraduate program emphasizes development of a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of chemistry in order to prepare students for the diverse career opportunities available to chemists. More than 60% of Tech chemistry graduates continue their education in graduate school. Many have become teachers, medical doctors, or research scientists. Graduates receive a bachelor of science degree accredited by the American Chemical Society.