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A Sampling:

Frontiers of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials

Inorganic Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry

Chemical Instrumentation

Kinetics and Thermodynamics

Biochemistry: Structure and Catalysis

Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Science & Engineering 328
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6472
A student explores combustion in the classroom.
A student explores combustion in the classroom.


See where Union takes you:
  • Analytical Scientist, Momentive Performances Materials
  • Senior Research Chemist, Nalco Chemical Company
  • Assistant Professor, Duke University
  • Physician, Christiana Care
  • Fuel Cell and Battery Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Science Teacher, Cohoes High School
  • Chemist, NuLabel Technologies
  • Senior Scientist, Base Pair Biotechnologies
  • Chemical Research Scientist, Roche Pharmaceutical
Hannah Coffin '15
Summer Research
Here she conducts a high performance liquid chromatography analysis of sugar.
Hanah Coffin

Chemistry is a vital, creative field, intellectually challenging and a solid foundation for a number of careers.

The Union College Chemistry Department, certified by the American Chemical Society, offers small classes and laboratory settings. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers with a wide range of expertise in everything from organic and inorganic chemistry to analytical, forensic and environmental chemistry.

At Union, you will enjoy extraordinary opportunities for research. In addition to participating in the campus wide Steinmetz Research Symposium, many students present at national and regional conferences. Students also can be involved in summer research with faculty mentors; some 30-40 summer research fellowships in chemistry are awarded each year.

Our facilities and instrumentation are top-notch. Major instruments available to undergraduates include: a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, research-grade mass spectrometers, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, thermogravimetric analyzer, scanning electron microscope, atomic absorption spectrometer, voltammetric analyzer, atomic force microscope, IR and Raman microscopes and much more.

In addition, the Peter Irving Wold Center is home to the Aerogel Fabrication, Characterization and Applications Lab, an interdisciplinary facility for faculty and student researchers in chemistry and mechanical engineering that includes state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Beyond campus, many Chemistry majors go on Union's Sicily term abroad, where they engage in research projects with scientists and graduate students at the National Research Council in Palermo. Others hold internships at local chemical and technical firms. Our national award-winning Chemistry Club is involved in numerous activities, including professional society meetings and volunteer work at local schools.

Union students who graduate with a major in Chemistry enroll in medical school or other health-related graduate programs, and they go on to further study and careers in business, education and law. About a third of our graduates go directly to jobs in chemical or biotechnology corporations.