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Chemistry Collection Development Guidelines

Chemistry—The Department at KSU:

The Chemistry Department Homepage contains extensive information about the faculty, research focus, instructional programs, as well as interdisciplinary and special projects.

General Department Information


Undergraduate Goals:

ACS accredited undergraduate degrees are offered in Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, and Biotechnology.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:"A wide variety of research projects suitable for pursuit by undergraduates are available in the Chemistry Department …An important component of the undergraduate chemistry degree experience is the opportunity to pursue some kind of independent research project. .. Pursuit of such a project promotes intellectual development and enhances a students' practical skills in ways that cannot be readily accomplished in a more traditional laboratory course… It is quite common for the research work performed by undergraduates to be presented at professional conferences and published in chemical journals... The experiences garnered during a student's undergraduate research experience will prove invaluable in securing a position in a top graduate school, obtaining an industrial job, or gaining access to a top medical or other professional school. Indeed, it is a student's research experience that can often prove the key factor in gaining admission to a top graduate school or securing an industrial position."

Graduate Goals:

The Doctoral Program in Chemistry is one of only four chosen for enhancement at Kent State University by the Ohio Board of Regents.Several new sub-disciplines are now available for thesis/dissertation research in addition to the traditional divisions of:

  • Analytical
  • Biological
  • Inorganic
  • Organic
  • Physical Chemistry

These include:

  •  Bioanalytical
  • Bioinorganic
  • Biophysical
  • Materials Chemistry

 with specializations in:

  •  separations and surface science
  • spectroscopic studies of biomolecules/biomolecular interactions
  • nanostructures
  • liquid crystals
  • non-linear optical materials

 Individualized course sequences for students are now tailored to fit the needs of these new areas of concentration"

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Special Programs within the School:

  • Industrial Co-op Program
    Co-op study combines on-campus chemistry coursework and research with twelve to fifteen months of on-the-job industrial employment to produce a very strong B.S. degree in five years. One advantage of the co-op program is that the employment earnings are sufficient to make college education essentially self-supporting.
  • Biological Chemistry BS Program
    The Chemistry Department of Kent State University offers a premed degree program with a concentration in Biological Chemistry. The combination of the chemistry, biology, biochemistry and physics courses chosen for this program is designed to meet the specific requirements of all pre-medicine students as well as potential graduate students in biological chemistry.
  • Explore Kent Chemistry
    a program for high school and undergraduate students to explore the possibility of a major in chemistry.
  • BS Chemistry Materials Science Concentration
  • Liquid Crystal Institute
    "Kent State University pioneered the modern era of basic research on liquid crystalline materials. Since its founding in 1965, the LCI has been the focal point for international research in the field. This expertise was recognized by the National Science Foundation in 1990 when the LCI was designated as the headquarters of the Science & Technology Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM)."
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates
    part of a National Science Foundation Initiative to provide opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. Kent's program focuses on
    • Liquid Crystals - Synthetic and Natural Systems
    • Optoelectronics
    • Liquid Crystal Displays
    • Liquid Crystal Synthesis
    • Biological Membranes
    • Electrochemistry
    • Bioseparations
    • Nanomaterials.

Chemistry Department webpage

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Scope of Coverage

Primary objective of this collection is to support the curriculum and research needs of the faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the Chemistry department. It also serves the interdisciplinary needs of other academic units with particular emphasis in the areas of:

  •  Liquid Crystals
  • Chemical Physics
  • Nursing
  • Biological Sciences
  • BioMedical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Sciences.

The collection includes resources to support an understanding of the principles and interpretation of the role of chemistry for non-chemistry majors and students in related interdisciplinary programs.

Material Types:

  • Journals
  • Serials
  • Monographs
  • Reference Sources
  •  Indexing Tools
  • Government Documents
  • conference proceedings
  • technical reports and dissertations in print or electronic formats.

The following subject areas are collected at general introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels of study:

  • Liquid Crystals
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

 Special areas of interest are:

  •  Liquid Crystals Synthesis and Molecular Design
  •  Separation Science
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Materials Chemistry
  • BioOrganic Chemistry
  • Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry.

The following subject areas are collected at the Research Level:

  • Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Interfacial and Surface Chemistry
  • Synthetic and Structure/mechanistic Liquid Crystals
  • Non-linear Optical Materials
  • Microporous-Mesoporous Composites
  • Protein functions
  • conformational dynamics
  • protein-solvent interactions
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons(PAHs)
  • Organofluorine Chemistry, Electrochemistry
  • Langmuir-Blodgett films,
    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • NMR Spectroscopy.

Some general interest chemistry titles are collected at the INITIAL STUDY LEVEL to provide resources for non chemistry majors, high school students and the larger university community in order to meet interdisciplinary needs.

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas


  • Primary emphasis on English language materials and English translations.

Date of Publication:

  • Emphasis on current materials.

Geographical guidelines:

  • No restrictions.

Society or Publisher Emphasis:

  • Publication of the Scholarly Societies and Scientific Publishers.

Multiple copies:

  • Under special circumstances only.

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Material Types

Recent Acquisitions

  • Journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • Handbooks
  • Textbooks
  • Monographs in series
  • Progress Reports
  • Annual Reviews
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Dissertations
  • Data books
  • in print, electronic, and multimedia formats.


  • Research level Collection of scholarly works in defined subject areas.
  • Selective acquisition of dissertations, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks.


Current Chemistry Serials

Audio Visual Material:

  • Selectively acquired on request.


Theses and dissertations:

  • Selective in all areas, more comprehensive in Liquid Crystals.

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Interdisciplinary Relations

Faculty in Chemistry participate in the Chemical Physics Program and in interdisciplinary ventures with faculty in the Liquid Crystal Institute, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

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