Greetings from the Chair
Greetings, and welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Department is proud of its many successes in engaging and assisting students in their learning and development. We offer small class sizes and hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation beginning in the first year of the program. Every graduate from the Department completes a senior research project under the direct mentoring of a faculty member. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a distinctive and innovative curriculum providing basic instruction in the five principle areas:
- Analytical chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
Biochemistry students will also receive interdisciplinary instruction through courses in applied biochemistry, applied physical chemistry, instrumentation, bioinorganic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, green chemistry and neurochemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society – Committee on Professional Training.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates 10-12 majors a year. These graduates go on to pursue careers in the chemical industry working in polymers, biotechnology, analytical chemistry and a host of other areas. Many graduates pursue further education in graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, forensics, civil engineering and law. Several graduates seek careers in the health fields pursuing additional education at medical, dental or optometry schools, or in physician assistant, physical therapy or clinical programs.
The Department’s faculty members are excellent instructors and researchers whose expertise spans the range of the chemical and biochemical sciences. Faculty members involve students in their research early in the student’s career. Research projects are ongoing in enzyme characterization and mimicking, oxidative stress and its impact on Alzheimer’s disease, pharmaceutical characterization in waste waters, atmospheric chemistry, green chemistry, synthesis of novel compounds, fundamental chemical characterization, chemical education and many others.
The Department is housed in Bracy Hall and Gallaher Hall, two modern facilities that are shared with the other sciences and the health sciences. The facilities are state-of-the-art providing teaching and laboratory space as well as ample study space for the very active science student community.
I would like to invite you to visit the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, tour the facilities and meet the faculty.
Dr. Jeffrey Draves, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry