The Department of Chemistry offers courses of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree (61-65 semester hours), Bachelor of Arts degree (44-48 semester hours) or a minor in Chemistry (20-24 semester hours). Students satisfying the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree will be certified by the American Chemical Society.
Elon’s chemistry program provides the opportunity for students to engage with faculty in undergraduate research and to gain direct experience with new instrumentation using today’s state-of-the-art technology. The results of the research projects are presented at local, regional, and national scientific meetings.
Another key feature of the program is the introduction and use of instrumentation has a continued emphasis throughout the chemistry curriculum. Student participation in assisting in laboratory and recitation instruction is strongly advised and supported.
The mission of Department of Chemistry is to act upon the following commitments:
In addition, we continually support the overall mission of the University and the General Studies program of liberal education.
Elon Chemistry majors experiment and learn in the state-of-the-art McMichael Science Center, which is designed to foster experimentation in class and in spacious research laboratories. Students work with modern computer hardware and software, and with sophisticated instrumentation that is rarely found at the undergraduate level. For example, students can operate the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the instrument suite or from remote sites such as classrooms, research labs and faculty offices.
In addition to fully-equipped teaching laboratories, modern research laboratories are available for faculty members and undergraduate researchers. The department is equipped with a variety of chemical instrumentation including:
|Labconco Model 50601 Controlled Atmosphere Glove Box||Parr Model 1455 Solution/Bomb Calorimeter|
|Rudolph, Model 51 Polarimeter||National Appliance Model 5831 Vacuum Oven|
We are also equipped with more traditional teaching equipment:
|Mettler Toledo Analytical Balances (AB104-S)||Mettler Toledo Toploading Balances (B203-S)|
|Fisher Model XT 210 Balances||Fisher Accumet AB15 pH Meters|
|Fisher Model AR25 pH Meters||Fisher Model 910 pH Meters|
|Genesys Spectronic 20 visible colorimeters||B&L Spectronic 20 visible colorimeters|
In addition to chemical instrumentation, the following equipment and services are available:
The department of chemistry maintains an active series of presentations from outside the Elon community. Speakers from other institutions and related industries visit our department to present and discuss aspects of chemistry. These seminars are very important to the education of students and faculty alike because they provide exposure to a variety of chemistry related topics. The seminars are open to all. Please check the bulletin board each semester for a list of the seminars planned.
Two awards consisting of a Certificate of Achievement and a current volume of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics which are awarded to the most outstanding student completing General Chemistry I and II and to the most outstanding student completing Advanced General Chemistry. They are provided by the Chemical Rubber Publishing Company.
Recent past awardees include:
|2008||Amanda Clark & Caroline Peckels|
|2007||Carly Fabrizio & Alexandra Fersner|
|2006||Katie Crittenden & Meaghan Hollenbeck|
|2005||Alyssa Morley & Brittany Shonts|
Heidi A. Burton & Nicole R. Miller
The recipient of this award is the highest achieving sophomore regardless of major in the full year sequence of organic chemistry. This award was established by the Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society.
Recent past awardees include:
The recipient of this award from the American Institute of Chemists is selected as the most outstanding graduating senior in the area of analytical chemistry. Recipients receive a free one year’s membership as an associate member status in the society and a years subscription to the societies publication along with an invitation to participate in a celebratory banquet and other benefits.
Recent past awardees include:
|2005||Rachel Marie Naumann|
|2004||Brian Lee Conley|
|2003||Ryan Jonas Fairchild|
|2002||Joseph Daniel Azzato|
|2001||Melanie Anne Ross|
|2000||Natalie Karla Veronica Metz|
Other awards chemistry majors have received:
Barry M. Goldwalter Scholarship
This scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, this award toward undergraduate tuition and fees is to foster and encourage excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Competition for this award is nation wide.
The purpose of the Rawls Undergraduate Research Scholarships and Grants is to encourage and support the efforts of students in any discipline engaged in research with a faculty mentor.
|2006-2007||Ashley Black, Geoffrey Lynn|
|2005-2006||Mary Caruso, Kyle Troester|
The endowment, established in 1982 by Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and other former chemistry alumni in honor of Professor Paul Cheek, provides merit based scholarships to chemistry majors who have completed a minimum of General Chemistry I and II holding a minimum GPA of 3.5 in chemistry and 3.0 overall.
The endowment was created in1991 in honor and memory of Kate Strader McAdams '25 and J. Mark McAdams '24. It is to provide scholarships for outstanding high school students or college students majoring in chemistry, or education with a concentration in chemistry, holding a minimum GPA of 3.00 in chemistry and overall.
Established in 1991 in memory of Jane Stevens Grimley, the endowment provides scholarships for students with majoring in chemistry or in education with a concentration in chemistry holding a minimum GPA of 3.25 in chemistry and overall.
Established in 1950 by former students and friends of Professor Ned F. Brannock, the endowment provides a scholarship to a senior student, majoring in chemistry, who engages in research during the senior year.