Hofstra University's Chemistry department provides a nurturing environment where students can explore and discover science through coursework and research. Faculty advise students throughout the four-year sequence. Our facilities are designed to promote hands-on learning and close interaction between faculty and students, and the majority of our classes have between 10 and 40 students. Some of our technologies and instrumentation include gas chromatographs equipped with flame-ionization and thermal-conductivity detectors, a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, a Wyatt Laser Light Scattering Photometer and Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometers.
Every month during the academic year, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society brings in speakers from industry, government or graduate school to discuss their research and careers. Students have the opportunity to do hands-on research directly with a faculty member, and present their findings at local, regional and national professional meetings.
Students in the Department of Chemistry also have access to the American Chemical Society journals, the world's largest professional scientific organization, chartered by Congress.
Hofstra University's Forensic Science program is part of the Department of Chemistry. Its multi-disciplinary approach means students take classes across many departments and schools, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Internships give students the chance to apply the techniques they are learning in the classroom in actual investigative environments, including police departments, government crime labs and medical examiners' offices.