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The Donald J. Bettinger Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an interactive learning environment and is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Our dynamic faculty engages undergraduates in a broad range of exciting research in areas such as analytical, biochemistry, environmental, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. The department offers both ACS-accredited BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as a BA in Chemistry. Six to twelve students graduate from the department each year, and they are highly successful in entering a variety of career paths such as research, industry, medicine, environmental science, or teaching. With a chemistry or biochemistry degree you could end up working on a cure for cancer; monitoring the ozone layer that protects us from the sun; researching superior energy solutions (i.e., battery technology or solar panels); developing new textiles, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products; or solving water-pollution problems.

Our program combines rigorous academics with extensive opportunities for research and work in the lab where ninety-five percent of our students work side-by-side with ONU professors on important research projects. Thus, as a member of our department you will gain a solid foundation in the math and the physical sciences while developing your critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills in a hands-on environment.


The department hosts an active Student Member chapter of ACS (SMACS) that sponsors guest speakers, organizes National Chemistry week activities, visits high schools to do chemistry demos, tours chemical facilities, attends career fairs, and plans social gatherings. Furthermore, the department also sponsors a chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon chemistry honorary, which helps promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. Being part of these organizations helps you build your professional network of colleagues and explore some of the fun of being a chemist.


Chemistry research builds upon the contributions of fellow scientists, making it vital for the chemist to have access to a wealth of published literature. ONU's Heterick Memorial Library has access to over 10,000 journals including all of the American Chemical Society's journals through OhioLink. Students and faculty can utilize 254 databases including Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) via Scifinder Scholar, the Handbook of Chemistry & Physics, and the Science Citation Index. Librarians are also available to assist both students and faculty with their individual research papers and projects.


The department is housed on the second floor of Meyer Hall and the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences. It occupies approximately 33,000 square feet include nine classrooms, nine teaching labs, three conference rooms, two computing lounges, 17 offices, 13 research labs, and stockroom/preparations areas. Most of these spaces are new or have been recently remodeled. The three general chemistry laboratories, each with a maximum enrollment of 24 students, keep lab sessions small. For higher-level courses, two organic laboratories are reserved for 18 students each. Boasting approximately 3,000 square feet of research laboratory space, the department includes the following specialized facilities: synthesis, physical chemistry, and biochemistry laboratories. The department is equipped with ample storage space, a solvent storage bunker, and a preps room. Special lecture rooms, each with a maximum capacity of 48 students, are available for classroom demonstrations. A departmental computer lab gives students access to 10 computers, both Mac and PC, and a laser printer, while a student lounge area provides the perfect study and relaxation spot.

The department has a wide range of instrumentation including a recently-acquired 400-MHz (11.7 T) NMR with tunable (BBO) probe, HPLCs, Combiflash Companion purification system, solvent purification system, Vacuum Atmospheres glove-box, FTIRs, UV-Vis spectrometers, DSC, digital polarimeter, GC-MS, GCs, several laser-based spectrometers, Horiba Jobin Yvon Fluoromax-4 with a time-correlated single photon counting accessory, calorimeters, and other standard equipment.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lori Kindle

Meyer 262
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed