Dr. Herman Holt

  • The UNC Asheville Department of Chemistry offers degrees in Chemistry, with concentrations in Chemistry and Biochemistry, both of which are approved by the American Chemical Society.
  • Courses and labs are taught only by UNC Asheville faculty

I never intended to be a chemistry major, but my professor for general chemistry made the class interesting and I enjoyed learning chemistry. As I become more involved with the chemistry department, I realized the department has a genuine interest in each student that comes through the program. It is great to have professors guiding you on your way to earning a degree, and I believe the chemistry department offers that. Sam Rossabi, Class of 2014

Curriculum Design

The Chemistry curriculum is designed using the guidelines of the American Chemical Society's Committee for Professional Training.  The department is assessed for compliance with these regulations on a five-year cycle and is currently approved by the American Chemical Society

Courses cover the five foundation areas of chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

The Chemistry classes at UNC Asheville are really rigorous, but at the same time, you learn so much from them. All the professors are excellent and are more than willing to help you when you need it. Jim Stanton, Class of 2014

Students learn how to become scientists - Enter a Student Graduate a Scientist

All chemistry majors take a four course research sequence, culminating in a senior research thesis and oral presentation.  More information on undergraduate research.

All chemistry majors have hands-on opportunities to use chemical equipment, instrumentation and theoretical software

As a chemistry major, you will

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of science
  • solve research problems from the atomic level to the earth’s environment
  • analyze and interpret data to expand chemical understanding
  • analyze molecular structures and reactions experimentally and computationally
  • understand the use, function and design of chemical instrumentation

Since the chemistry class I took my freshman year at UNC Asheville, I've known that chemistry is the direction I want to take in my life. The combination of in depth classes and being treated like a colleague from the first day makes the learning experience amazing. With all of the options for undergraduate research, the options for exploration in chemistry are endless. I love it, It's incredible. Zach Stoker, Class of 2013