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   Department of Chemistry
   Research Center for Science and Tech,
   Room 3025

   Telephone: (404) 880-6850 Fax: (404) 880-6849


The Department of Chemistry educates its students to become adept in the molecular sciences, and to apply their skill and knowledge for analysis and for solution of wide-ranging problems. Our goal is that students be proficient in the methods of scientific inquiry. Some will pursue scientific careers and contribute as experimentalists or theoreticians in varied research or industrial settings. Others will apply the methods and discoveries of this discipline in many associated professions, such as the health sciences and public policy. Chemistry and its associated disciplines, Materials Science, Biological Chemistry, Environmental Science, are advancing rapidly and transforming society on the material and sociological plane. Thus, the faculty and many students are engaged fully in research and development of the evolving science.


The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide students a rigorous course of study in the physical and chemical sciences by utilizing multi-faceted learning experiences, guided inquiry laboratory, and scientific research to prepare students for careers as chemists or professionals in research and development, scientific discovery, or medical service in the global community.


The Department of Chemistry will aspire to become a leading provider of interdisciplinary approaches to chemistry education and research that attracts and prepares diverse students to be scientifically literate and competitive professionals to meet the future demands of the changing global environment.

Programs of Study

The Department of Chemistry offer programs of study for undergraduates leading to the Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. An accelerated program of study also allows students to receive the integrated Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees (BS/MS) in 5 years of study. The requirements of these programs are outlined below. Students may choose to concentrate in the following areas:

• Analytical Chemistry
• Biological Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
• Polymer Chemistry

The Department offers courses to other undergraduate science majors and pre-professional students. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to participate in ongoing research programs.

For graduate students, the Department offers programs of study leading to the Masters or Doctorate in Chemistry. Students may specialize in the above-delineated disciplines. Research is an important aspect of graduate training. Under the supervision of a major professor, graduate students undertake research pertaining to novel problems in Chemistry and related sciences, e.g., Materials Science, Biochemistry, Immunology, Synthesis or Solid State Physics.