Chemistry Department


The mission of the USU Eastern's Chemistry department is to offer the community a general education in the study of chemistry and how it relates to everyday experience. The department will provide the introductory, general and organic chemistry courses necessary to build a solid foundation in the field of chemistry. General students will be prepared to study additional areas in chemistry and related subjects, and our chemistry majors will be prepared for further study in any number of careers, including chemistry (academic or industrial careers), chemical engineering, forensic science, or other technology-based careers. Our chemistry program also offers students a solid foundation for further studies in medical or other health-related schools. A number of opportunities are available for our students to work in local laboratories including utilities, mining and med-tech based environments.

Why should I take chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. This includes everything in the universe from a simple hydrogen atom to very large replicating molecules in life processes. Chemistry is involved with the development of: medicines that control and cure diseases; food production through specific and safe agricultural chemicals; consumer products such as cleaners, plastics and clothing; new methods of energy production, transfer and storage; new materials for electronic components; and new methods for protection and cleanup of the environment. Chemistry majors are needed to help solve some of society's most difficult technological problems through research, development and teaching.

Many people think that chemistry is "too hard." Although it is somewhat challenging, any reasonably intelligent student with the right attitude and study habits can succeed in chemistry!

How will chemistry at USU Eastern help me be successful?

The chemistry program prepares students to transfer to the college or university of their choice at the junior level. The program includes physics and mathematics courses in addition to a solid foundation in principles of inorganic and organic chemistry. The program of study incorporates general education electives which may include additional mathematics courses (highly recommended) and liberal arts courses. When students complete the Associate of Science degree with a chemistry emphasis, they should be prepared to do well in more intensive chemistry courses such as physical chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction rates, and quantum chemistry.