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Chemistry Program

Why Study Chemistry at Fisher?

Not ready to be just another student in a large, impersonal lecture hall? Then Fisher's chemistry department is right for you.

Class sizes are small, typically 20-35 students for introductory courses and less than 10 once you get to the upper-level classes.  This means you'll receive plenty of personalized attention. In fact, you'll find faculty and students spend a lot of time talking and working together informally, both inside and outside the classroom.

In addition, Fisher offers several degree programs to suit your needs.

Outstanding Faculty

Fisher's chemistry faculty believe that chemistry is more than just memorizing facts and periodic elements. They are committed to making you self-sufficient through independent investigation, computer and library literacy, and extensive hands-on laboratory experiences.

Oral and written communication skills are stressed in both lecture and laboratory courses.

American Chemical Society Approved

Fisher's chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

ACS approval means you'll get a broad-based, rigorous chemistry education that will give you the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills you need to become an effective scientific professional.

Learning Outside the Classroom

There are many ways to become involved in chemistry at Fisher. Our Chemistry Club sponsors afternoon lectures by scientists visiting from other schools, field trips to tour the laboratories at nearby industrial companies, and picnics and other social events.

You may also work for the department, preparing chemicals and equipment for labs and/or by tutoring other students.

More About the Labs

Fisher's chemistry department uses state-of-the-art instrumentation including a 250 MHz Fourier-transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer, a scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, two gas chromatographs, and a combination gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer.

The department also has its own computer lab equipped with molecular modeling software. All students in the department learn to use all of the instrumentation, and many also choose to do independent research with a faculty member.

Hands-on learning in the Chemistry Department

Latest Chemistry News


Microfluidics: A Collaboration between the Chemistry and Biology Departments


In spring 2016, Drs. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, and Fernando Ontiveros established a collaboration on the implementation of a novel microfluidic laboratory experiment for the general chemistry laboratory curriculum. Read More


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