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The Department of Chemistry emphasizes laboratory experience in a curriculum designed to build a fundamental understanding of chemistry. With a firm foundation in both the concepts and applications of chemical science, students prepare for graduate study and varied careers, including positions as agriculturalists, consumer safety officers, pharmacologists, and technical writers.
Collier Hall of Science offers excellent facilities and equipment. The chemistry department currently maintains laser fluorescence, FTIR, and UV-VIS spectrophotometers, GC-MS and FTNMR spectrometers, an HPLC system with a photo diode array detector, electroanalytical instrumentation, and gas chromatographs, as well as on-line chemical literature search capabilities through the STN System. In addition, chemistry students and faculty have access to X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer equipment maintained by the Physics Department, as well as low- temperature laboratory, electrophoresis, and cell culture facilities maintained by the Biology Department.
National Science Foundation Instructional Laboratory Instrumentation (NSF-ILI) grants have provided funds for the department’s differential scanning calorimeter, laser fluorescence equipment, GC-MS, and a unique electronic instrumentation network that facilitates the use of science division instruments in teaching and research laboratories across the science division. The Moravian College Scientific Instrumentation Network (MoCoSIN) links all division instrumentation with Sun, Macintosh, and PC workstations and file servers to allow efficient off-line analysis of all instrumental data. MoCoSIN has allowed all science departments to expand their use of top-line instruments in introductory and intermediate-level courses as well as in undergraduate research projects.
Students may participate in original research with faculty through the Honors program, independent study course work, or summer research projects funded by external grants. Students have also been involved in field study projects at AT&T and Baker Instruments laboratories. Cross-registration with LVAIC institutions enables students to take courses in polymer chemistry, engineering, and other specialties. Cooperative bachelor’s degree programs are available with Washington University (St. Louis) leading to degrees in chemical or biochemical engineering. The department also sponsors an American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter.