Chemistry is the study of composition, properties and transformation of matter. Students explore chemical characteristics and behavior, stressing atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of important elements.
Chemistry graduates are ready to enroll in graduate school or pursue careers in medicine, teaching, chemical engineering, geochemistry, agriculture, industry and a multitude of other possibilities.
Students from other programs and departments may wish to enhance their major with a minor degree in chemistry. This option is not available to biochemistry students. To minor, a student must complete six classes, four of which must be above the 100-level.
Norwich Associate Professor of Chemistry Seth Frisbie, PhD, helped discover the largest mass poisoning of a population in history. Working in Bangladesh since 1997, the analytical chemist revealed that over 50 million Bangladeshis were drinking water with unsafe arsenic levels from recently installed deep water wells. Frisbie and his colleagues also discovered significant amounts of manganese, lead, nickel, chromium, and nearly three-dozen other inorganic chemicals.
The Cornell-trained chemist was unwilling to sit idly by. Working with his wife and other colleagues, he establish the nonprofit Better Life Laboratories to more deeply investigate the causes of toxic drinking water. Partnering with the Bangladesh government, NGOs and other research institutions in North America and Europe, Frisbie has worked since then to continue his investigation and to pioneer swift, practical solutions to detect and ameliorate contaminated drinking water sources. Nearly 150 Norwich students have been involved in his work.