Welcome to the University of Rio Grande Chemistry Program homepage. Our department offers two degree options -  the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and the Associate of Science in Chemistry. Both programs have been designed to provide students with a well-rounded background in Chemistry and to provide students with the tools necessary to pursue any number of post-graduation directions. In addition, we offer a minor in Chemistry to accompany a Bachelor's degree of a student's choosing.



Chemistry Academic Excellence Scholarships

Once again, the Rio Grande Chemistry Program is hosting its annual Chemistry Academic Excellence Scholarship competition. Scholarships up to $2500 will be awarded to students who want to major in Chemistry and demonstrate academic excellence through the submission of an online application, letter of recommendation from a current or past chemistry teacher, and academic transcripts. Interested students must submit all materials and apply for admission to Rio Grande by Friday, October 21, 2016. Letters of recommendation can also be emailed to, and academic transcripts are submitted as a part of the admissions application process. Select applicants may be invited for an interview as a part of the scholarship selection process.

The scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who will be entering college at Rio Grande in Fall 2017 and want to major in Chemistry. Scholarships are renewable and can be utilized with other scholarships. Please see the online application for further details.


Chemistry Class of 2016

The Chemistry Program is proud to congratulate our fourth class of graduates. They are (from left) Kim Costilow, Andrew Lawrence, and Aaron Landrum. All three will be entering chemical industry. Congratulations to all of the graduates!


Rio Grande Students Present Research at State Meeting


Chemistry majors - Halley Alberts, Aaron Landrum, and Andrew Lawrence - presenting their research at the Ohio Academy of Science meeting at Ohio University in April. Aaron Landrum was awarded an Ohio Academy of Science Undergraduate Research Award. Also, see the press release for more information. Congratulations on great presentations!


Rio Grande Students Present at Rio Grande Research & Scholarship Exhibition

Junior and senior Chemistry majors - Halley Alberts, Kim Costilow, Aaron Landrum, Andrew Lawrence, Michael Moore, and Chobee Sheets  - presented their research at the second RISE: The University of Rio Grande's Research & Scholarship Exhibition that was held on the Rio Grande campus in April. Congratulations on all of your presentations!


Rio Grande Chemistry Participates in Middle School Science Night

Chemistry majors Halley Alberts, Michael Moore, and Chobee Sheets, along with Dr. Jacob White, recently presented science demonstrations to middle school students and their families as a part of Chesapeake Middle School's Science Night. One of these demonstrations was even featured as the picture for a news article in the Ironton Tribune about the event! Good job with the presentations!