The field of chemistry is concerned with the structure of matter, its transformations, and the energy changes related to these transformations. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine is comprised of active and engaged faculty who are committed to involving students in scientific research and has been a leader in providing students with meaningful research experiences early in the curriculum.
Our Chemistry Undergraduate Research Center is a novel program that brings research projects from chemistry, biology, psychology, environmental science, toxicology, marine science, and engineering into the first year laboratory course. Students at all levels are encouraged to become involved in research opportunities within the Department.
Students studying chemistry at USM will gain an understanding of chemistry's place within the sciences and in today's industrial and business world. The Department of Chemistry provides students concentrating in this field with a thorough and practical education that will be useful in teaching or in industrial, technical, or graduate work. We offer a four-year program with three tracks leading to baccalaureate degrees: