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Overview

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers students the tools and skills needed to excel in the wide-ranging fields of Chemistry & Biochemistry-- from graduate studies, to criminalistics, to analytical and environmental testing, and much more.  We offer bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in chemistry, as well as offering an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified bachelor of science degree and a concentration in criminalistics.  The department also offers support courses associated with criminalistics, nursing, and nutrition, as well as general studies courses.


American Chemical Society Certification

The Chemistry Department is certified by the American Chemistry Society (ACS).  The ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students.  Our certified program offers our students a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides them with the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to participate effectively as scientific professionals. To facilitate this rigorous program, the Department of Chemistry maintains an energetic and accomplished faculty, a modern and well-maintained infrastructure, and a coherent chemistry curriculum that incorporates modern pedagogical approaches.


Facilities

MSU Denver has made improving undergraduate experiences in STEM learning and research a top priority. In January 2010 the campus opened a $112 million state-of-the-art science building. The new building increases and improves laboratory space which enables greater synthesis of teaching and research and more opportunities for undergraduates to engage in relevant research. MSU Denver Chemistry & Biochemistry now has 9 teaching labs and 2 research labs for chemistry.  All of the laboratories are smart classrooms equipped with computer and video projection and internet (wireless and hard-wired).  Additional computers are used to power the 20+ Vernier Logger-pro systems available used to measure pH, temperature, and turbidity among other software. MSU Denver also has computer labs with MatLab and other statistical software in the Science Building that can be reserved for use in the training courses.

There are two dedicated lecture classrooms on the Auraria campus for the use of only the MSU Denver Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and seat 50 and 80 students with movable desks. All are smart classrooms equipped with whiteboards, computer and video projection, and internet (wireless and hard-wired).

 


Instrumentation

  • 20+ Vernier Logger-pro systems to measure pH, temperature, and turbidity
  • chemical fume hoods in the laboratories
  • 2 ATR FT-IR Nicolet 380 spectrometers
  • 3 GC-MS spectrometers
  • GC-ion trap spectrophotometer with MS/MS and CI capability
  • GC-FID spectrometer
  • flame AA spectrometer
  • ICP spectrometer
  • Smiths Detection FT-IR microspectrophotometer
  • 2 ion-exchange chromatographs
  • 3 HPLC systems
  • 20 Spec20 UV-Vis spectrophotometers
  • Agilent 8453 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • 2 refrigerated table-top Thermo Electron IEC Centra CL3R centrifuges
  • refrigerated high speed Beckman centrifuge
  • Perkin Elmer LS-50B luminescence spectrophotometer
  • BioRad iQ5 real-time PCR instrument
  • Thermocycler
  • NanoDrop UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • shaking incubator
  • portable clean hood for PCR
  • WaveNano potentiostat
  • 8 horizontal and vertical gel boxes of multiple sizes
  • 2 microcentrifuges
  • 20+ micropipettes of various volumes
  • 8 polarizing light microscopes
  • 4 dissecting microscopes
  • dark room
  • digital cameras
  • cold room
  • 60 MHz multi-nuclear Anasazzi NMR
  • 300 MHz Varian NMR Bruker
  • pyrolysis GC
  • headspace GC
  • biosafety hood
  • Applied Biosystems 310 Genetic Analyzer (shared with biology)
  • Autoclave and photodocumention facilities (shared with Biology)
  • -80 freezer (shared with Biology)
  • 60MHz Table Top NMR Nanalysis

Mission and Goals of the MSU Denver Chemistry and Biochemistry Department


The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver shall offer chemistry courses of the highest quality to science and non-science majors via formal classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, directed independent study, and online instruction to provide trained chemists capable of entering local and state industries as well as teaching chemistry at the high school level in the Denver metropolitan area or in the state of Colorado.

To provide an environment conducive to learning, chemistry & biochemistry department faculty engage in a variety of professional development activities designed to keep themselves current in their field and/or expand their areas of expertise.

Chemistry & Biochemistry department faculty and staff contribute to the community via a variety of service activities and by participating in partnerships and collaborations with public schools and government organizations.

  • To enable students to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry
  • To prepare students for graduate work in chemistry, for chemical careers in industry/ government, and for post-graduate studies in the health sciences
  • To offer a high quality concentration in Criminalistics for Chemistry majors who wish to pursue a career in Forensic Science
  • To facilitate distance learning by providing a number of courses over the internet
  • To maintain the department's approval by the American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society Approval  

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is certified by the American Chemistry Society (ACS).  The ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students.  Our certified program offers our students a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides them with the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to participate effectively as scientific professionals. To facilitate this rigorous program, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry maintains an energetic and accomplished faculty, a modern and well-maintained infrastructure, and a coherent chemistry curriculum that incorporates modern pedagogical approaches.


Mission

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver shall offer chemistry courses of the highest quality to science and non-science majors via formal classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, directed independent study, and online instruction to provide trained chemists capable of entering local and state industries as well as teaching chemistry at the high school level in the Denver metropolitan area or in the state of Colorado.

To provide an environment conducive to learning, chemistry & biochemistry department faculty engage in a variety of professional development activities designed to keep themselves current in their field and/or expand their areas of expertise.

Chemistry & Biochemistry department faculty and staff contribute to the community via a variety of service activities and by participating in partnerships and collaborations with public schools and government organizations.


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