Chemistry lies at the heart of solutions to many modern problems, from developing sustainable materials to discovering new medicines. Chemistry helps society.
When you know chemistry, you understand how other sciences—such as physics, biology, geology, and environmental science—work together to explain and transform the world around us.
What is it about Chemistry that makes it worth studying? Chemistry explains things, like how do leaves change color? Why do bananas smell the way they do? Why is life carbon-based and not silicon-based? Chemistry makes things. From soap and toothpaste to aspirin and penicillin, from polystyrene cups and plastic bags to Kevlar body armor and LCD displays. Millions of things that make our life modern are made by chemistry. Chemistry connects things. You can't really understand other sciences on a deep level if you don't know the chemistry behind it. Chemistry is truly a central science.
Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem-solving and analytical skills. It requires teamwork and effective communication, which is great for project management. These skills are in demand by employers in many industries.
The Chemistry program at Norwich is small but mighty. You will get the full attention of our faculty from day one, start using research-grade instrumentation in your first year, and have a chance to get involved in a research project by the time you are a junior.
Within the mission of Norwich University and the College of Science and Mathematics, the mission of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to offer laboratory-intensive courses that provide an understanding of the chemical and biochemical aspects of the physical environment and to prepare students majoring in the discipline for careers in chemistry and biochemistry related fields as well as for further educational opportunities.
Our graduates are highly desired by industry and government employers for their laboratory skills, and are well qualified for admission to graduate and professional schools. The courses and labs required for these degrees assure that graduates are proficient in the fundamental principles of chemistry and prepared to apply these principles to specialized areas such as environmental, forensic, medicinal, and pharmaceutical chemistry.