Chemistry

Chemistry: a reaction, a synthesis, a journey into science

The rigorous chemistry program deals with the study of matter, its properties, its transformations and the factors underlying changes of these substances.

Students learn to perform and design chemical experiments by using modern instrumentation (including NMR, FT-IR, GC-MS, and HPLC) and computers in a well-equipped laboratory where they can experience chemical phenomena for themselves. Some examples of the scope of Chemistry include: synthesis of polymers and drugs; analyses of foods; study of environmental hazards; and calculations of energy values of molecular orbitals.

Degree Programs

It is important that students consult closely with their department advisers about their programs, particularly in the selection of proper electives to satisfy the entrance requirements of the various professional schools.

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree program is recommended for those students interested in secondary education science teaching,  a career in health care (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.) or a career in the paramedical laboratory specialties. The prospective secondary school teacher will also consult with the education department.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for those majors who seek employment as a chemist/biochemist or for those who intend to study chemistry in graduate school. Research is required for the B.S. degree.

News

The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Showcases Rare Books Room

No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.

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