The Chemistry Department at Frostburg State University is home to modern undergraduate teaching and research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. The laboratories are housed in the Compton Science Center, erected in 2003.


The Chemistry Department has six teaching laboratories: two dedicated to general chemistry, one to organic chemistry, one to analytical chemistry, one to physical chemistry, and one to biochemistry.

The Chemistry Department has four dedicated research laboratories: one for synthetic chemistry, one for environmental chemistry, one for shared instrumentation, and one for interdisciplinary research. The organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry laboratories are also used for undergraduate research.


All chemistry majors and minors get the opportunity to use state-of-the-art instrumentation in their upper division courses. Some of the instruments available for use include:

  • Thermo Nicolet 6700 Fourrier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu GC-17A Gas Chromatrographs
  • Shimadzu GC-17A/GCMS QP5050 Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Shimadzu LC10AD/LCMS2010A Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Shimadzu AA-6800 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotomer
  • Shimadzu ICPE 9000 Iductively-Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu DSC60 Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Shimadzu TGA50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Shimadzu UV3101PC Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared Scanning Spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu RT5301PC Fluorospectrophotometer