The faculty of the Chemistry Department believes very strongly that research is a vital component in the education of a chemist. We encourage our undergraduate students to begin research as early as possible in their academic careers; occasionally sophomores, and even freshmen get involved with it on a formal or informal basis. However, it is usually not until their junior or senior years that students can engage in independent work due to the demands of their schedules, and the necessity of their having sufficient preparation in the fundamentals of chemistry and other related subjects.

In recognition of the range of backgrounds students will have, the Department offers several undergraduate research courses, each with a different pre- and corequisite; all courses require consent of instructor and an approved application. Registration for research cannot be done on-line, but is accomplished through the department during the first two weeks of each semester.