Undergraduate Program

The Department of Chemistry offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet the needs of students planning to major in such disciplines as the physical sciences, life sciences, health professions, and science education. Courses in science literacy are also offered to non-science majors. The department offers ACS-approved Bachelor of Science programs in both chemistry and biochemistry. These are designed to prepare students for admission into competitive graduate programs and provide valuable training for students to pursue successful careers in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries upon their graduation.

The department strives to provide its students with a friendly, stimulating, and rigorous learning environment. Increased student-teacher interactions are encouraged through the offering of small classes, and students are provided with exciting opportunities to pursue undergraduate research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor.

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Undergraduate Scholarships

Peggy Hurst Scholarship

The Hurst Scholarships are available to high school graduates enrolling at Bowling Green as Chemistry or Biochemistry majors. The scholarships are typically awarded at $1,000 per year and may be renewed for four years.

These scholarships recognize over forty years of teaching excellence by the late Dr. Hurst and her impact on chemistry students at Bowling Green. The program has been funded for the past twenty years by corporate and private donors to encourage students to pursue careers in Chemistry and related fields of science. During this period, 35 awards have been made. Scholarship recipients have compiled an excellent record; many entered graduate study and hold important positions in universities and corporate research labs. Click here to for electronic application. Deadline for applications is March 1.

From Paul Simboli (Class of 1981) on Dr. Peggy Hurst:

I thought I would share the following with the Chemistry department at BGSU. I credit Dr. Hurst in my success today as a chemical patent attorney.

In the Summer of 1977 during pre-registration, my parents and I had a small conference with Dr. Hurst, and I informed her, with delight, that I was going to major in Psychology.  She gave me a very odd stare, and in a very matter of fact way, told me “I was spinning my wheels.”  Frankly, she scared me a lot, and I left BGSU at the end of the pre-registration period thinking thank God I will never take a chemistry class!  However, for many reasons, things changed for me and I believe in 1978, I changed my major to Chemistry and decided to “take-on” the infamous Dr. Hurst.  My parents thought I was crazy, but supportive and intrigued.

Dr. Hurst taught the 8:00 a.m. chemistry section (CHEM 121 - I still remember), which I eagerly enrolled into.  I sat almost right in the front row.  For the first few weeks, Dr. Hurst continued to “scare” me but she also inspired me.  The first exam she administered, I received the highest grade in the class and I never looked back.  I continued to finish the year long chemistry series with Dr. Hurst and received 3 hard fought “A”s. Very few things in my life have had as much meaning as these grades from Dr. Hurst.

I will always remember Dr. Hurst with so much affection and appreciation.  

For more information about the Peggy Hurst Scholarship, please contact:

Chemistry Department
Bowling Green State University
141 Overman Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-2031

The Elliot Blinn Scholarship

This award honors the memory of Dr. Elliot Blinn, Professor of Chemistry at BGSU from 1968 to 1997. Dr. Blinn was a tireless teacher and student advocate. Throughout his BGSU career, Dr. Blinn taught general chemistry, honors chemistry and advanced courses in inorganic chemistry. He had an enthusiasm that inspired many undecided students to select careers in chemistry and he provided encouragement to all of his students. Dr. Blinn was also an enthusiastic advocate of undergraduate research; he directed the department's summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and over the years introduced many students to the intellectual stimulation of independent research.

The Elliot Blinn Scholarship is open to chemistry majors who will have completed 60 semester hours by the end of the current semester. A preference is given to rising juniors. Since the award is for the next academic year, graduating seniors are not eligible.

The applicant must exhibit a strong academic record and a strong performance in chemistry courses. Undergraduate research is a plus, but not a requirement. Likewise, academic service is a plus, but not a requirement. Academic service would include activities such as serving as a tutor or mentor for other students.

The application process is relatively simple. There is no application form.

  • Provide us with a brief letter saying that you wish to apply for the Blinn Scholarship along with your name, e-mail address, and local telephone number.
  • Include a statement describing any activities you would like us to consider. This could include research, special assignments or academic service. If you have been involved in tutoring, mentoring, or other forms of academic service, please describe them. (Note that this section is not required if you wish to be considered solely on academic performance.)
  • We will have access to your undergraduate record. Therefore, you do not need to list courses or grades. Please do not include letters of recommendation.
  • Deliver your application to the Chemistry Department Office, Overman Hall 141, or send it via campus mail to Blinn Scholarship, c/o Chemistry Department, or by e-mail to chemistry@bgsu.edu.
  • Applications are due by March 1.

The Thomas H. Kinstle Scholarship

Since joining the BGSU faculty in 1971, Dr. Thomas H. Kinstle has made a difference in the lives of science students. Demanding, yet caring, inspirational, and devoted to his students, Dr. Kinstle has helped two generations of BGSU students master such difficult, yet critical, subjects as organic chemistry. His passion for chemistry and skill in helping students understand difficult concepts has helped launch many BGSU students into sucessful careers in science, medicine, and education.

In the spirit of Dr. Kinstle's teaching, the intent of the scholarship is to provide assistance to deserving individuals majoring in chemistry or biochemistry based on academic performance and financial need. Thus, it will not only be a perpetual tribute to a great teacher, but will help science students complete their bachelor's degree and go on to careers in science, medicine, and education.

Selection criteria: This award will be given to the sophomore student transferring from another university into the Chemistry Department who has the highest GPA. If there are no transferring sophomore students into the Chemistry Department or if no transferring sophomore student has a GPA higher than a 3.5, the award will be given to the incoming freshman student who has the highest GPA and the highest standardized test scores (ACT, SAT).

For additional information on how to apply for the Thomas H. Kinstle Scholarship, please contact the Chemistry Department at chemistry@bgsu.edu or 419-372-2031.

The AIMS scholars program

The Academic Investment in Mathematics and Science (AIMS) Program mission is to encourage minority students and women to graduate with majors in STEM related fields. Please see the AIMS program website for more information and how to apply.