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Chemistry department ranked 19th in the nation

Binghamton University’s Department of Chemistry has been touted as one of the best academic departments in the nation for the number of bachelor degrees it granted during the 2001-02 academic year.

The department was ranked 19th in the nation by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training for its ability to retain its students throughout their academic careers.

“This recognition is a tribute to the outstanding faculty in the chemistry department and their ability to engage students both in the classroom and in the broad array of research opportunities that exist at Binghamton,” said President Lois B. DeFleur.

This is the highest ranking BU has received from the organization, which ranked 623 academic institutions during the academic year.

“This really gives us the credit for the total number of degrees in straight chemistry, along with biochemistry,” said David Doetschman, professor and department chair, who also credits the tremendous work and ability of the department’s 15 faculty members. Doetschman said the biochemistry program deserves much of the credit for the number of degrees granted because the American Chemical Society asked to have the number of degrees in both programs reported jointly.

The University of California at Los Angeles ranked first with 236 degrees, followed by the University of Washington with 154 and the University of Texas at Austin with 115. BU tied with the University of Maryland at College Park and New York University, with all three academic institutions granting 57 bachelor’s degrees.

“We have little attrition,” Doetschman said. “We have a very good program and our students are very good at their studies. Their initial aspirations of studying chemistry or biochemistry will lead them into their future careers in science or medicine.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08