As one of the nation's top-ranked Tier 1 research institutions, the Department of Chemistry is internationally recognized for its outstanding research efforts and education. As part of a commitment to continuing this tradition of excellence, the department provides a graduate program that integrates opportunities for cutting-edge creative research and study across a wide range of areas including analytical, environmental and atmospheric chemistryphysical chemistry, organic chemistry, and material and nanoscience

Graduate students enjoy extensive scientific collaboration with chemistry faculty, other departments, and with research institutes and agencies such as the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Joint Institutes of Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).