CHEM 272 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry • 6 Cr.


This course is designed for students to get a head start into the field of fundamental and applied chemistry research by providing knowledge and experience using the scientific method to tackle real life problems. Topics include developing a question and hypothesis, designing an experiment, collecting data, drawing conclusions from findings and presenting research. Format includes lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 with a C or better, or instructor permission.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Conduct a literature search that demonstrates comprehension of the material.
  • Identify a question and devise a hypothesis by reading scientific journal articles and other technical literature.
  • Maintain a scientific notebook and demonstrate good lab practices.
  • Use field sampling equipment and/or analytical laboratory techniques for designing and carrying out research using standard methods when appropriate.
  • Analyze and interpret data using statistical techniques and error analysis.
  • Conduct a scientific study and present research in writing or orally.