Visitor’s Center

Are you a visitor to the Union College Department of Chemistry Website? Here are several links to areas of the site which might be of interest to you.

Facilities: For a tour of the department.

Admissions: To find out how to apply to the College.

Union Website maps: For directions on how to get to the Union College campus and to find buildings on campus.

College website: For lists with other information that may be useful for visitors to the Capital District.

Why Union?

The major assests of the Chemistry Department at Union College are the following:

  • Our small class and laboratory sizes which allow for close interaction between students and faculty.
  • Our excellent collection of chemical instrumentation which can be used in laboratory teaching and for research.
  • Access to the IBM cluster for high performance computing.
  • Our strong tradition of student-faculty research leading to publications in well-recognized journals and presentations at national and regional conferences. This research occurs both during the academic year and during the summer.
  • Our location within a liberal arts college, allowing our chemistry and biochemistry majors to explore their interests in areas such as arts, classics, history, economics, and many others.
  • Union’s strong tradition of terms abroad experiences, of which the majority of our majors take advantage.
  • Our national award-winning Chemistry Club which sponsors plant tours, attendance at monthly professional society meetings, and social events.
  • The opportunity for students to do internships at local chemical and technical firms

A recent survey showed that 100% of the 70 students who graduated in the past 5 years with a Chemistry or Biochemistry major were either employed or enrolled in graduate or medical school. The following is a summary of their current status:

14% enrolled in MD or DO programs
10% enrolled in other health-related graduate programs
24% enrolled in graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry
16% enrolled in graduate school in other programs such as law, educational studies or MBA
36% went directly to employment, mainly in chemical or biotechnology corporations