Gettysburg College chemistry students enjoy more hands-on access to professional instruments than most undergraduates.

Resources and facilities in Gettysburg’s 86,000 square-foot Science Center include:


  • Beckman Coulter PA 800 Capillary Electrophoresis System
  • Varian Saturn 2100 Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Shimadzu 20A High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Shimadzu 10A High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Thermo Fisher Trace 1300 Gas Chromatograph with Auto Sampler
  • Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatograph with Auto Sampler


  • Bruker AVANCE NEO 400 MHz Fourier Transform NMR Spectrometer
  • ThermoElectron IR200 FT-IR Spectrophotometer (two of these)
  • Jasco V-550 UV/Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Jasco V-670 UV/Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Jasco J-1500 Circular Dichroism Spectrometer with Stop flow accessory
  • Horiba  Fluoromax 4 Spectroflurometer with polarization anisotropy
  • Bayspec 785 nm Raman Spectrometer
  • Thermo Fisher S4AA Atomic Absorbance Spectrometer

Other Specialized Instrumentation

  • Perkin-Elmer Model 2400 Thermal/Cycler
  • Vacuum Atmospheres HE-43-2 DRI-LAB Dry Box
  • Bioanalytical Systems CV 50W Electrochemistry Apparatus
  • Parr Bomb Calorimeter

Condensed Matter Interactions

  • TA Instruments Nano-Isothermal Titration Calorimeter
  • Nikon Eclipse 90i Epifluorescence Microscope
  • Malvern NanoZS-90 Zetasizer
  • Nima Inverted Microscopy Langmuir Trough
  • Olympus BX 51WI Microscope with motorized stage
  • KSV-NIMA Langmuir-Blodgett Trough
  • Bruker MFP-3D Atomic Force Microscope

Additional instrumentation access on campus

  • Zeiss EM109 Transmission Electron Microscope
  • JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Perkin Elmer Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer
  • Forma B-22 High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge

In addition to wireless connectivity, a 16-person portable computer lab is used during general chemistry and organic chemistry lab periods. Upper-level courses use a 4-station computer lab in the physical chemistry laboratory.

Housed in Musselman Library, the chemistry collection comprises more than 2,400 volumes in addition to numerous print and digital subscriptions to scientific journals. For example, all American Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry journals are available online, as is SciFinder Scholar, a powerful search engine for the vast chemical literature.