Chemistry at Adams State University

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The chemistry degree program at Adams State prepares you to succeed in advanced degree programs, for jobs in industry, or to teach in secondary schools. You’ll begin with a study of the principles and applications of chemistry before delving into advanced topics. You’ll get hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art laboratory instruments, as you design scientific experiments, conduct research, analyze data and interpret results.

As you complete your coursework, you’ll have opportunities to work independently and with your classmates as productive members of a group. Upon graduation, you’ll understand the connections between chemistry/biochemistry and society, the environment, and technology.

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Bachelor of Arts

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Chemistry Program Highlight

Hands-On Experience

The Chemistry Department is committed to providing students with significant hands-on experience using modern instrumentation and techniques. Thus, all equipment and instrumentation is available for student use.

Major items of equipment include: Thermo Nicolet Fourier transform infrared spectrometer; Perkin-Elmer FT-IR spectrometer; Shimadzu ultraviolet-visible spectrometer; Perkin-Elmer and Varian capillary gas chromatographs; Varian gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer with auto-sampling; Varian fast sequential atomic absorption spectrometer with graphite furnace and auto-sampling; Hewlett-Packard quaternary high performance liquid chromatograph; BAS cyclic voltammeter; Anasazi EFT-60 nmr spectrometer; Varian fluorescence spectrophotometer; Napco ultracentrifuge; Nitrogen and Nd-YAG lasers.


Adams State focuses on student experience and student outcomes by offering internships and independent research.

Chemistry Program Outcomes

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Small class sizes combined with a state of the art instrumentation laboratory provide students with ample opportunities to master their subject matter. With a chemistry degree you can head to graduate or medical school, work in industrial or government positions or teach. A degree in chemistry from Adams State University opens the door to a wide selection of careers.

Preparation for

Graduate school
Pharmacy school
Medical school
Dental school
Veterinary school
Other professional schools


Research and development
Forensic science
Chemical engineering
Chemical technology
Medical technology
Environmental chemistry
Chemical and instrument sales

Poster Hall 1st Floor

Chemistry Program Faculty

Christina Miller, Ph.D.
Program Chair/Professor of Chemistry
Frank Novotny, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Chris Adams, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Umesh Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Program Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

CHEM 331: Analytical Chemistry (3 hours)
The theory and application of classical and instrumental quantitative analysis with additional emphasis on the fate and analysis of chemicals in the environment.

CHEM 401: Biochemistry  (3 hours)
A study of structural biochemistry. Course begins with a review of water, the lipophilic environment, noncovalent bonding, and bioenergetics. Topics include amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Enzymes are discussed with emphasis on mechanism and kinetics.

CHEM 431: Phys Chem Lec/Thermodynamics (3 hours)
Thermodynamics as applied to chemistry and physics. Specific topics include the laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, reaction and phase equilibrium, solutions, and electrochemistry. An introduction to chemical kinetics is included.

CHEM 432: Phys Chem Lec/Quantum Mechanic (3 hours)
Quantum mechanics with applications to atomic structure, bonding, solid state, and spectroscopy. An introduction to kinetic molecular theory of gas, transport properties, and statistical mechanics is included.

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