The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society providing students a curriculum to earn an ACS-certified degree in chemistry in addition to their undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. There are also numerous graduate programs offered including a combined BS/MS and an MS in Chemistry with an optional concentration in Biochemistry. Our graduate programs prepare students to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to assume positions of leadership within the scientific and business communities.
Located in Richardson Hall, we have teaching laboratories for introductory, general, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry courses. Research and instrument labs fill the remaining spaces, used for both coursework and faculty and student research. When using the labs it is important to know the safety protocols, information found on the Safety Manuals & Resources page. We also abide by the principals or green chemistry, both in our teachings and in the lab.
The Department is dedicated to teaching chemistry and biochemistry in a stimulating environment that provides ample opportunity for hands-on experimentation and individual research. Our mission is to prepare and position articulate and creative individuals for careers or advanced studies in chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry-based sciences including medicine and pharmacology, expedited by our Articulation Programs, biotechnology and bioengineering. With this mission in mind, all students involved in our programs can expect to:
- establish an understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of matter
- develop the ability to think logically and clearly
- effectively articulate thoughts, especially to those outside the scientific community
- critically evaluating experimental data and scientific literature
- improve personal disciplines such as organization and time management
Chemistry and biochemistry form the core of the physical and life sciences. As a result, the Department is expected to play a central role in the transmission, expansion and application of knowledge, which we achieve through:
- promotion of a scholarly climate conducive to intellectual growth
- providing instruction of the highest quality
- offering graduate programs that are highly regarded
- fostering significant research and scholarly activities in chemistry, biochemistry and interdisciplinary fields.
Recent graduate receives Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher FellowshipIrina Terrero-Rodríguez, who conducted research under Dr. Glen O'Neil, received the fellowship to go towards her PhD at the University of Warwick in the UK.Tuesday June 4, 2019
Graduating Senior AwardsThe exceptional senior students being recognized for their achievements this year.Monday May 20, 2019
Professors Receive NIH Grant to Study Bacterial EnzymeThe $302,000 award will fund the study of a bacterial enzyme involved in the synthesis of the amino acid tryptophan.Monday September 10, 2018
Professor Cancer Free for 30 YearsDr. Mark Whitener, presented a talk in honor of being 30 years cancer free!Tuesday March 27, 2018