Department of Chemistry & Physics

You're curious to learn more about our world. Not only what it is made of and how it works, but how to make it work for the environment we live in today. Studying in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Southeast Missouri State University means you can focus on forensic science, physics, medical lab science, biochemistry, and more. Whatever path you choose, you'll work alongside faculty, doing real undergraduate research in state-of-the-art laboratories before you even graduate. That means you'll have the experience it takes to be successful in competitive fields or go on to graduate school at top universities. 

Department of Chemistry and Physics News

    Southeast Alumnus Awarded NASA FINESST Research Grant to Improve Satellite-Based Estimates of Arctic Cloud Properties

    Southeast Missouri State University 2017 alumnus Colten Peterson  recently was awarded a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) research grant. Peterson, from Champaign, Illinois, and now a University of Michigan doctoral student, was awarded the grant to fund his research proposal titled “Improving Arctic Cloud Phase Retrievals using Far-Infrared Radiances.” [...]

    Southeast Awarded $228,400 NSF Grant to Acquire Powder X-ray Diffractometer

    Southeast Missouri State University has been awarded a $228,400 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to purchase a powder X-ray diffractometer (PXRD) for students and faculty to analyze the structure of and identify unknown solid materials.  The equipment will enhance Southeast’s structural science capabilities and be used by students and faculty in chemistry, physics, agriculture and [...]

    McGill Honored with Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education

    Dr. Jim McGill, professor of chemistry and director of the Jane Stephens Honors Program at Southeast Missouri State University, was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education April 4 at the Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE) Awards Luncheon in Jefferson City, Missouri. “Receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education makes me [...]

    Southeast Students Presenting Fun Science Demonstrations at BeTween Initiative

    Faculty and students from the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Southeast Missouri State University are performing physical science demonstrations at the BeTween Initiative March 2 at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau. The BeTween Initiative will showcase activities, highlight services and provide resources available for “tween” girls ages 9-12 in the Cape [...]


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Department of Chemistry and Physics
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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