Clark Atlanta University’s Department of Chemistry is dedicated to excellence and research in chemical sciences. Chemistry drives all life processes and is the foundation of modern technology. The department provides students with a rigorous course of study in the physical and chemical sciences.
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.
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 five 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 master's 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).