General Information

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is located in the Ross Hall of Science on the west campus of the University of Northern Colorado.

Questions? Contact: or 970.351.2559


Instrumentation: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is equipped with a centrally-located instrumentation facility supporting both research and teaching. Specialized instrumentation is located in various research and teaching laboratories. Capabilities include atomic absorption, fluorescence, nuclear magnetic resonance, UV-visible, laser, infrared, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; packed and capillary column gas (FID, MS and FT-IR detectors), high pressure liquid (fixed and variable wavelength UV-vis, refractive index, and radioisotope detectors) and low pressure liquid chromatography; polarography; polarimetry; mass spectrometry; high speed and ultra-centrifugation; radioisotopic techniques (liquid scintillation and auto-radiography); calorimetry; electrophoretic techniques (zonal, two-dimensional, and isoelectric focusing); thermal gravimetric analysis.


Computing facilities are available for use by our students, faculty and staff. The departmental computers are all hardwired to the internet within the university's local network. Many general office and chemistry specific applications are available on the local network.


The campus library, which contains 1,375,000 volumes, subscribes to 1800 periodicals including major educational and chemical journals as well as chemical and biological abstract services. It is also equipped with the Computer-Based Reference Assistance system, the Interlibrary Loan Service and an on-line Public Access Catalog providing access privileges to research college and university libraries within Colorado. Following the appointment of a research advisor, photocopier privileges (both in the library and the Department) are provided for reproducing material directly related to a faculty-supervised research project. An additional selection of books and journals is housed in the Department.