Chemistry Department

Bowling Green's proud tradition of excellence in chemistry begins with a dedicated faculty providing a wide range of courses, including sequences in biochemistry, analytical, organic, physical, inorganic chemistry, and opportunities in materials science. Courses are supported with excellent laboratory facilities and state of the art instrumentation. Chemistry has been central to the development of an interdisciplinary program in materials science and is an important part of BGSU's program in scientific computing.


Along with a B.S. in Chemistry, the Department also offers a M.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. The Center for Photochemical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry have developed a uniquely focused Ph.D. program in the photochemical sciences, designed for students with backgrounds in physics, biological sciences or chemistry. The coursework prepares students in the area of photochemistry and photophysics, and examines applications in fundamental areas of chemistry, materials science, biological sciences, physics, and spectroscopy and/or photopolymer science.

Graduates of the Bowling Green chemistry program are sought after by graduate schools, medical and dental schools, by the chemical industry, and in many allied research entities around the United States. The University has had a long-standing commitment to public education in the State of Ohio, and many of the finest chemistry teachers in the State are counted among Bowling Green's nearly 100,000 living alumni. Graduate students and post-doctoral research associates come to the university from many states and a number of foreign countries to study in specific research programs directed by Bowling Green's chemistry professors.


Nov 6, 2017
Register now for our Fall visit day to learn more about our PhD program

August, 2017
The Department welcomes new faculty members Dr. Jayaraman Sivaguru, Dr. Joseph Furgal, and Dr. Iulia Sacui

April 20, 2017
Ohio Photochemical Society Meeting will be held at Maumee Bay State park

February 27, 2017
"Photoresponsive materials come to light in BGSU laboratory"

January 12, 2017
Dr. Alexis Ostrowski named "Emerging Investigator"

October 5, 2016
2012 W. Heinlen Hall Lecturer, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on molecular machines

April 6, 2016
Grad student Liubov Lifshits awarded University Teaching award

April 4, 2016
Grad student Giuseppe Giammanco to pitch idea at The Hatch entrepreneurship competition

January 27, 2016
BGSU partners to build diversity in faculty ranks from graduate level up

December 8, 2015
Alumnus, faculty scholar connect to answer biochemical questions

September 15, 2015
BGSU to host 2015 Ohio Inorganic Weekend

May 14, 2015
Malcolm D. E. Forbes to lead Center for Photochemical Sciences

May 9, 2015
Dr. Stephania Messersmith is promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Professor Art Brecher is awarded Emeritus status.

March 20, 2015
Graduate student Mary Bauman receives the university's 2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

March 19, 2015
Department announces new Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Applications Due April 3rd

March 2, 2015
BGSU faculty Torelli and Erickson and grad student Bauman implement Undergraduate Research project in Biochemistry Lab course

February 16, 2015
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Ohio Photochemical Society (OoPS) meeting in May 2015

January 29, 2015
Students from Ostrowski lab make photoresponsive materials

January 8, 2015
Professor Peter Lu elected as American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

Older News

August 28, 2014
BGSU undergrads make strides in photochemical sciences

April 28, 2014
Photochemical Sciences graduate student Sergey Matveev receives the 2014 McMaster Graduate research Fellowship   

April 2014
Professor Bob Midden and undergraduate students work to make environmental concern a profitable option

April 2014
Photochemical Sciences Professor Mikhail Zamkov receives Olscamp Research Award

December 6, 2013
Center for Photochemical Sciences searches for new director

December 2, 2013
Students grasp concepts with online 'Constructive Chemistry"

September 26, 2013
New organic chemistry lab hosts open house

July 24, 2013
Ground broken for new Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratory at BGSU

March 25, 2013
Forensic science specialization to be offered at BGSU

January 28, 2013
Alumni honors Dr. Tom Kinstle for fueling his energy research

January 15, 2013
SPIE highlights Doug Neckers as a pioneer in stereolithography


All seminars will be held in Overman Hall 123 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2018

September 12, 2018
Alan Sellinger - Colorado School of Mines
Title - Organic Materials for Application in Radiation Detection and Solar Cells

September 19, 2018
Thai Thayumanavan - Umass Amherst
Title TBA

September 26, 2018
Binghe Wang - Georgia State University
Title TBA

October 10, 2018
Julia Chan - UT Dallas
Title TBA

October 24, 2018
Hien M. Nguyen - Wayne State University
Title TBA

November 7, 2018
Khalid Salaita - Emory University
Title TBA

November 28, 2018
Title TBA

December 5, 2018
Gary F Moore - Arizona State University
Title TBA


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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Chemistry are expected to be able to:

  • Exhibit a sound grasp of the basic ideas and the scope of modern chemistry, including newly evolving fields;
  • Develop strong problem solving skills including logical, mathematical, and computational techniques, as well as the use of models, to effectively plan projects and critically analyze experimental results;
  • Personally carry out laboratory procedures and develop modern laboratory skills, including proficiency in basic techniques and experience with a wide range of laboratory instruments;
  • Demonstrate critical professional and personal skills, including independent thinking, communication skills, the ability to work effectively within groups, and a commitment toward continuous learning.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Chemistry program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Chemistry program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Chemistry program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


  • Biochemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry