Is chemistry the center of the universe?  In a way.  Chemistry has been called the central science because it is the core discipline that connects physics and math with biology, medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences. Centuries ago, medieval Greek and Persian scholars pioneered modern chemistry and invented the scientific method.  Today, at the University of New Haven, you will see that same pioneering spirit.  And you will be a thrilling, integral part of it.

Discover opportunities usually reserved for grad students.

The entire focus of the chemistry program at the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven is on undergraduate students.  That means you’ll get the kinds of hands-on opportunities most colleges delay until graduate school.  And because both chemistry and chemical engineering live in the same department here, you’ll share many of chemical engineering’s phenomenal, state-of-the-art labs and equipment.

Learn from professors who define cutting-edge.

The origin of life and pre-biotic chemical systems.  Green chemistry. Novel composite materials.  Those are just some of the paths your professors are blazing.  They are also the paths you’ll be blazing because here the bond between instructor and student is a close one.  You won’t be sitting on the sidelines, itching to get in on things.  You’ll be a one-hundred-percent-engaged participant.

Think about chemistry in a double major.

Thanks to the breadth of hands-on learning opportunities at the University of New Haven, you’ll have the knowledge and sophistication to step right into a career with your B.S. degree.  That career could be in pharmaceutical or chemical research or education.  But you can also parlay chemistry into a dynamic career in forensics, business, biotechnology, genetics or molecular biology by double-majoring in another discipline. A B.S. in Chemistry and another major is a powerful combination and highly valuable to many types of employers.

Look at what these students have done:

  • One senior presented his work “Applications of Parrondo’s Paradox, etc.” at the National Council for Undergraduate Research Meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  
  • Another presented her research, “Electrospinning of Molybdenum Oxide-Polypyrrole Composites,” at the CT Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting and received a summer fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Read what our alumni are saying about the program

"The University of New Haven’s chemistry program gave me wonderful research opportunities, which ultimately led to my acceptance into graduate school.  The faculty members do everything they can to ensure their students’ success.”

– Danielle Gorka ‘12, Graduate Student, Duke University

“The individual attention and mentoring I received from the faculty enabled me to realize my full potential, both as a student and as a scientist.” 

– Jonathan Stock ’12, University of Connecticut Medical School

“The small class sizes made faculty accessible both inside and outside the classroom.  They knew all of us by name and always had their doors open to us.  At the University of New Haven, the chemistry faculty are not just teachers — they’re mentors.”

– Dan Osipovitch  ‘10, Graduate student, Dartmouth College

“I remember the lab courses the most and how Dr. Saliby and Dr. Savage made chemistry more fun and exciting.  My passion for science was always there, but when Dr. Savage presented me with a research opportunity under her wing, I knew I wanted to be a scientist.”

– Breanna Craft ‘07, Ph.D. candidate, Wesleyan University

“The one-on-one support from the faculty really helped me excel.  They’re relentless at making sure you do not just do well on a test but that you truly understand the material and can apply it.  In May 2013, I’ll graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy, and it is thanks to the faculty of the Chemistry Department pushing me to do my best.”

 – Mackenzie Bear ‘09, Pharm.D. candidate, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences University of California, San Diego

Sample Courses

Organic Chemistry I and II Laboratory

Synthetic Methods in Chemistry

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Quantitative Analysis with Laboratory

Chemical Literature

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Instrumental Methods of Analysis with Laboratory

Special Topics in Chemistry

Independent Study