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Chapman Chemistry Program Earns Prestigious Accreditation From American Chemical Society

The Chemistry Program at Chapman University has earned recognition by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as an ACS-certified program. The accreditation validates the quality of Chapman’s chemistry education and distinguishes graduates with employers and graduate programs. 

“The American Chemical Society’s approval of our Chemistry Program is a huge achievement that exemplifies everything we value in teaching and research in Schmid College and at Chapman,” said Michael Ibba, Ph.D., dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology. “In the words of ACS, it shows that our programs ‘offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.’” 

A Supportive Learning Environment

In its review of the Chapman program, the ACS committee also noted the strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and the university’s commitment to providing robust research opportunities to undergraduate students. 

That commitment to research is evident in the cutting-edge lab facilities of the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, as well as in the dedication of faculty members such as Associate Professor of Chemistry Matthew Gartner, Ph.D. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gartner hand-delivered laboratory kits so his Analytical Chemistry students could conduct experiments at home.

Chemistry major Emma Kocik ‘22, a Goldwater Scholar as well as Chapman’s first-ever Beckman Scholar, credits her success to the “fantastic mentorship” she has received in the Chemistry Program. 

“The recognized excellence of the Chemistry Program is due to the dedication and expertise of the program’s world-class faculty – past and present – as well as the strong support of university administration and the outstanding students who embark on the challenging and professionally rewarding chemistry degree journey,” said Elaine Schwartz, Ph.D., assistant dean of external relations and co-director of the chemistry and biochemistry programs. 

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Sarah Buckley

Sarah graduated from Chapman University in 2014 with her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology.