Department of Chemistry



Info for Prospective Students

The Department of Chemistry has a very robust undergraduate research program with 29 of our faculty members involved. We also have students who carry out research with faculty members in the Medical School, Pharmacy School and other programs on campus. We are also proud of our Undergraduate Teaching Program.

Each term over 200 undergraduates are involved in some aspect of teaching within our Department. They participate in programs in our General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry courses.

We're home to nationally recognized American Chemical Society Student Affiliates. With over 100 members, this group meets on a weekly basis, hosting speakers and participating in many outreach efforts to the Pittsburgh community. They also travel to PittCon each year to participate in a world-wide scientific conference.

If you're considering a major in chemistry, know that each new chemistry major meets with a full-time faculty member to discuss their academic plans. After this initial meeting, each student is assigned to a faculty member as a permanent advisee. Our students have the opportunity to develop close interactions with individual faculty members through this process. These faculty mentors not only assist you in creating your personalized courses schedule, but they advise you on internship opportunities, graduate school programs, and career directions. They are not just teachers--they are partners in your success and guides toward the future you want to achieve.

Meet Award-Winning Faculty Member Geoffrey Hutchison

"Dr. Hutchison’s friendliness and dedication to helping students fosters a supportive  environment in which class participation is high. Lectures were conversations rather than  monologues. He also pioneered the use of an online class forum  where students can post  questions they have about lectures, homework questions, or exam details. Dr. Hutchison is very active on this site, enabling students to reach him directly outside of class. "

- Anne C. Lertola (ENG '17)

Meet Award-Winning Faculty Member Lillian Chong


Read Particles and Prose: Making Science Understandable Through Creative Writing featured in the University Times »

For more information about our department, or to schedule a visit or tour, please contact the Dietrich School's recruitment coordinator, Madeleine Fahlbusch at