The chemistry department has created a legacy of developing a highly competent, confident and skilled work force, which outstandingly serves the chemical industry and academia. The program is designed to match the professional demand for highly skilled personnel in industry and provide specific training in core areas of chemistry as well as specialized expertise. The chemistry department is well equipped with a large number of modern instruments and includes a full-time instrument specialist who trains faculty and students. Upper-level chemistry majors are trained in the use of modern analytical instrumentation currently used in chemical and biochemical industrial laboratories. All chemistry courses and directed electives in physics and mathematics that constitute the chemistry program are carefully integrated to provide students with a strong foundation in the physical sciences.