The Department is organized around four principal areas of teaching and research: Biophysical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. In addition, we list three interdisciplinary groups: Chemical Biology, Synthetic Chemistry, and Green Chemistry. While students and faculty are always encouraged to follow paths dictated by their own individual interests and research problems, these divisions provide opportunities for smaller groups of faculty to collaborate in teaching new courses, advising students, and arranging seminar programs. Students also find these divisions useful in organizing specialized seminar programs and discussion groups.
More specific descriptions have been prepared by faculty in each sub-division. Many of the faculty have strong interests in more than one area and co-advise students with colleagues from other sub-divisions or other departments.