Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University. We invite you to browse these pages that describe our instructional and research community. Here you will find award-winning teachers, internationally recognized scholars, excellent research facilities, and active researchers creating new materials and new knowledge. Read about our course and degree offerings, and explore our photo and video galleries.

Our graduates can be found in local industry as well as Fortune 500 firms across the United States. Many of our undergraduate students pursue graduate education in chemistry or biochemistry; others complete professional training in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. Our Ph.D. alumni are researching and teaching at prestigious companies, colleges, and universities around the world. Have you been part of the Kent State Chemistry and Biochemistry community? If you're an alumnus of our Department, please take a moment to let us know what you are doing now.

Our alumni do great things every day - we invite YOU to become part of our success story!

The KSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) Chapter is a group for students interested in all disciplines related to and including chemistry. Planned activities are geared towards social and professional networking and development as well as community outreach for both chemistry promotion and service to help better our local community.

  • Access chemical and health safety resources, submit safety suggestions or submit incident reports.

  • Chemistry in Our World, CHEM 10030, satisfies the Basic Science requirements of the Kent Core. The Kent Core is the foundation of the University's mission to prepare students for productive careers in today's complex, global society. The Chemistry in Our World laboratory course, CHEM 10031, also satisfies Ohio Transfer Guidelines.

  • Students may pursue a Pre-Medical program (Pre-medicine, Pre-Osteopathy, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine) at Kent State University. They must also complete all the requirements for a primary major or field of concentration.

    Students often choose to pursue the primary major in the biological sciences, chemistry, or psychology; they may, however, pursue any major in the college along with the premedical program.

  • Graduates of our chemistry programs have gone on to do many amazing things, from pursuing further education from top-notch graduate programs; to attending medical, pharmacy or dental school; to careers in academia and industry; and even to non-traditional careers.  Our alumni are researching and teaching at prestigious companies, colleges, and universities around the world.

Departmental Colloquium

Fall 2020 Colloquia

All colloquia this Fall will take place via Microsoft Teams. A link will be provided through email.

Colloquia are scheduled Thursdays from 4:00-5:00PM unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 8: Dr. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen (U. Buffalo)

Thursday, October 15: Dr. John Herbert (OSU)

Thursday, October 22: Dr. Mingxu You (UMass Amherst)

Thursday, November 12: Celebration of Student Achievement - more information to follow

Thursday, November 19: Dr. Soumitra Basu (KSU)

Thursday, December 3: Dr. Khalid Salaita (Emory U.)