Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Chemistry

Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is often called the “central science” because it is fundamental to our understanding of biology, physics and geology. To study chemistry is to study the properties, composition, structure, and function of matter and its transformations. Working in such diverse areas as biotechnology, drug development and forensic chemistry, chemists have played a major role in developing and enhancing existing technologies to meet important societal needs.

Careers in Chemistry

Our chemistry graduates gain employment as professional chemists with varied levels of responsibility in academic, industry, and government positions. Many enroll in nationally recognized graduate schools in chemistry or professional schools while others choose to pursue teaching chemistry in high school. Because of the quality of a Towson University education and the hands-on experience they obtain as chemistry majors, our graduates are always highly regarded. Read more about careers in chemistry.


The Department of Chemistry provides its majors with a strong background in all the traditional areas of chemistry: analytical, physical, inorganic, organic chemistry and biochemistry. At the undergraduate level, we offer the chemistry major and an associated professional track (ACS Certified), the forensic chemistry major with three associated tracks, and a chemistry secondary education concentration. At the graduate level we offer a master’s in forensic science. We also offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in several interdisciplinary programs.

Student Opportunities

As a student in the chemistry department, you will have various opportunities to be an active and integral part of our department and the larger chemistry community:

  • Research: Get a research grant and engage in undergraduate research during the academic year and/or the summer.
  • Internships: Participate in off-campus internships with chemical companies and government agencies.
  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS): Join this organization supported by the department under the auspices of the American Chemical Society and enhance your professional interaction with faculty.
  • Awards: Get noticed for your outstanding achievements in chemistry courses such as freshman chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry.

Department of Chemistry
Smith Hall, Room 543 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3058
Fax: 410-704-4265


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