Analytical chemistry students need a solid background in chemistry. Through the course of their studies, they learn to have an eye for detail, computer skills, and good laboratory and problem-solving skills.
Students learn the principles of instrumental analysis. They learn about semiconductor electronics and computer interfaces.
Chromatographic techniques are important to all analytical chemists. Students learn how to perform gas chromatography and liquid chromatography analysis. They also learn how to perform spectroscopic techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance. They also learn about atomic absorption and atomic emissions, infrared spectroscopy and Fourier Transform spectrometers. Studies in electrochemistry (see article on electrochemistry) are also available.