The program prepares chemistry students for entering the job market or for continuing their education at the graduate level. Research projects, publishing opportunities, internships, and classes provide students with both lecture and laboratory experience.
Chemistry majors are assigned to a faculty member who serves as an adviser and whose specialty coincides with the student's area of interest. Students are encouraged to learn by experience through research opportunities in areas such as atmospheric chemistry, marine nutrient analysis, protein chemistry, organic synthesis and genetic regulation of cancer.
The University of Tampa’s undergraduate chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS reviews programs based on their institutional environment, faculty and staff, infrastructure, curriculum, undergraduate research, development of student skills and program self-evaluation.
Research and Internships
As part of the experiential mission of the University, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences. Whether choosing on-campus research activities or off-campus internship opportunities, students can follow their interests under the guidance of a chemistry faculty advisor.
Students assist with faculty research projects or pursue their own independent work under the guidance of faculty. They learn how to design and conduct experiments and to interpret empirical data. Students not only receive academic credit but also may present their findings in scientific publications and at conferences.
Research topics encompass areas such as atmospheric chemistry, marine nutrient analysis, protein chemistry, organic synthesis and genetic regulation of cancer. Recent highlights include:
Jason Gomez ’12, biochemistry major (working with Eric Ballard, associate professor of chemistry), presented a poster titled “Transition metal-catalyzed aerobic oxidation at sp3-hybridized carbon: Catalytic homocoupling of indene” at the spring 2012 American Chemical Society national meeting.
Melanie Madsen ’12, chemistry major (working with Eric Werner, assistant professor of chemistry) presented a poster titled “Synthesis of a tripodal Schiff base/pyridine ligand for gadolinium(III) complexation” at the spring 2012 American Chemical Society national meeting.
Blanca Morales ’12, chemistry major and physics minor (working with Ethan Deneault, associate professor of physics), presented a poster titled “Carbon and silicate dust condensation in type II supernovae” at the spring 2012 American Astronomical Society national meeting.
Internships help students relate their classroom studies to real-world experiences. Students have interned at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Sun Labs, Thornton Labs, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa General Hospital and Florida Aquarium.