About the Department
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is comprised of 9 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two instructors, a stockroom coordinator with part-time instructor responsibilities, and a department assistant. Faculty and students do research in the traditional areas of analytical, physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry, as well as biochemistry with direct applications to the defense of our nation, the environment, energy, pharmaceuticals, and the petroleum industry.
There are approximately 100 undergraduate majors in chemistry and biochemistry. Our graduate programs lead to either the M.S. or Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. degree is new in 2009 and the department anticipates 3-6 graduate students admitted each year in the combined programs.
The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry includes extensive laboratory experience culminating in a senior research project, since students are expected to become involved in undergraduate research as a capstone for their education. Graduate students take core courses in either a physical or life sciences core, and then select electives from a wide range of classes before conducting independent and unique research with a faculty mentor.
Our department has a long history of training students who go on to achieve success in many disciplines. Moreover, we consistently have students winning awards at the college level and in nationally-competitive scholarships like the Goldwater, Truman, Udall, or Ford Foundation Scholarships, the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships, or go on to become National Science Foundation Fellows.