Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is the branch of natural science that deals with the properties and classification of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the energy associated with these changes. Research by chemists increases our knowledge about chemicals and their roles in the natural world, and has led to the discovery and development of new and improved products and advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing and other fields. If you are interested in a rewarding career that identifies you as a professional, provides financial security, promotes self-respect and gives you the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects, then a career in chemistry may be right for you. We invite you to explore our program and course offerings. And if you are looking at us for the first time, we would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you might have about our programs or the Department. Please feel free to contact the Departmental chairperson at We believe that all of our programs provide students with challenging and rewarding educational experiences as they prepare for their professional careers.

The Department of Chemistry has a long standing tradition of excellence in chemical education, and has been certified by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training since 1968. Our programs are designed to prepare students for careers in chemistry and allied professions, and with seven different options leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry to choose from, students can more closely tailor their education to meet their professional goals. The B.S. in Chemistry program has four options to choose from (American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and DNA Analysis). The biochemistry option is designed for students pursuing careers in drug discovery and development, clinical research, manufacturing and quality control. Students interested in employment as forensic scientists with a crime laboratory or federal agency should choose either the DNA analysis or forensic chemistry options. The B.A. in Chemistry has three options to choose from (Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Business), and gives students a broad exposure to chemistry. The business option is designed for students interested in both the scientific and business side of the chemical industry, such as marketing, sales, finance and management. Graduates who have business and communication skills, as well as leadership ability, are in high demand as businesses increasingly use teams in the workplace. Students pursuing careers that use chemistry, such as patent law, technical sales, and environmental testing, should choose the chemistry option. The forensic science option gives students interested in forensic chemistry an alternative to the B.S. degree program. Both the forensic chemistry and forensic science options include courses recommended by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The B.S. in Education (Chemistry Education) program prepares students for careers as high school chemistry teachers, and meets all Missouri state teacher certification requirements. The Department also administers the B.S. In Medical Laboratory Science and Pre-pharmacy programs.

For those interested in pursuing an advanced degree, we offer the M.N.S. in Applied Chemistry which includes a general option and a forensic chemistry option.

A degree in chemistry provides an excellent basis for professional areas of study such as medicine, dentistry and other health sciences. Many graduates go on to graduate, medical, law or pharmacy school. A lifelong career in one of the world’s most important and prestigious professions awaits tomorrow’s chemists. Graduates are employed in a variety of fields including biotechnology, environmental regulation compliance, forensic analysis, industrial hygiene and safety, management, marketing, medicine, product development, quality control and research, just to name a few.


Rhodes Hall 201
Department of Chemistry
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701