At Southeast, our Department of Chemistry and Physics knows with science, there’s no substitute for first-hand knowledge.

Students are encouraged to participate in research and to use multiple facilities and laboratories to help them make discoveries, make analyses, and make a career in the field, starting with hands-on learning.   

Guiding you will be faculty whose career goals are to merge their scholarly research with your education, so you’re working side-by-side and learning from scientists invested in your academic growth. 

Many of the faculty supervise undergraduate research in their area of specialty. 

  • Analytical Chemistry 
    • Dr. Crawford 
    • Dr. Shaner 
    • Dr. Cunningham 
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics 
    • Dr. Ragain 
    • Dr. Kessler 
  • Chemical Education 
    • Dr. Theall 
    • Dr. Ragain 
  • Forensic Chemistry 
    • Dr. McGill 
    • Dr. Cunningham 
  • Inorganic Chemistry 
    • Dr. Bond 
    • Dr. Shaner 
  • Organic Chemistry 
    • Dr. McGill 
    • Dr. Silwal 
  • Physical Chemistry 
    • Dr. Bond 
    • Dr. Ragain 
  • Physics
    • Dr. Jon Kessler
    • Dr. Joe Murphy

Chemistry & Physics Spaces

Every scientist needs a laboratory to do the work and find their solutions. Ours resides in multiple facilities in Southeast’s multi-million science quad.

  • Shimadzu GC-2010PLUS gas chromatograph with thermal conductivity and UV-visible detectors 
  • Shimadzu IRPrestige FTIR Spectrophotometer with Pike uMax FTIR Microscope 
  • Shimadzu IRPrestige FTIR Spectrophotometer with Quest ATR Diamond Accessory 
  • Maxwell 16 forensic instrument system 
  • Tri-Tech Forensics model CAR-6105-2 DFO/Ninhydrin fingerprint development chamber 
  • Crimescope model CS-16-500 forensic light source 
  • Tri-Tech Forensics model ASFC-30 filtered fuming chamber 
  • Life Technologies Veriti 96W thermal cyclers 
  • Life Technologies 7500 real time PCR system with notebook 
  • Life Technologies 310 genetic analyzer 
  • Life Technologies GeneMapper ID-X version 1.3 
  • Sunrise microplate absorbance reader 
  • SciAps Handheld Raman Analyzer 
  • Labconco Purifier Logic Class II biological safety cabinet 3 
  • Labconco Purifier Logic Class II biological safety cabinet 4 
  • Shimadzu LCMS-8030 liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer with triple quadrupole detector 
  • Pike uMax FTIR microscope 
  • Leica model DM750P comparison microscope system 
  • Leica model DM750P polarized light microscopes 
  • Leica model S6E stereozoom microscopes 
  • Leica Microscope Cameras with software 
  • Fryer Unitron Comparison Microscope w/video interface 
  • Sartorius CPA225D semi-micro balances 
  • Sartorius 1102-1S precision balance 
  • Cubis MSE623P-100-DE Precision Balance 
  • Mettler Toledo Excellence XA Precision Balance 

  • Shimadzu GC-2014 gas chromatograph 
  • Varian 3900 gas chromatograph with Saturn 2100T mass spectrometer (GCMS) 
  • Perkin-Elmer Optima 8000 inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) 
  • Thermo Scientific ICE3300AA atomic absorption spectrophotometer 
  • Agilent Cary 60 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer 
  • Beckman DU7400 ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer 
  • Perkin Elmer LS55 spectrofluorimeter 
  • Shimadzu LC-20 high performance liquid chromatograph Spectrophotometers: 
  • Thermo-Nicolet Nexus 670 FTIR ESP Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer w/ Smart Orbit attenuated total reflectance (ATR) accessory 

  • Genesys 30 Visible Spectrophotometers 
  • Genesys 20 Visible Spectrophotometers 
  • pH meters 
  • Mettler AE163 analytical balance 
  • Mettler AE100 analytical balance 
  • Ohaus Analytical plus analytical balances 
  • Sartorius Analytic A120S analytical balance 

  • Nicolet IS5 Mid IR Spectrometer 
  • ShimadzuGC-8AIT gas chromatograph 

  • Parr Model 6050EA compensated jacket oxygen combustion calorimeter 
  • Parr Model 6755EA Solution Calorimeter 
  • Mark I Magnetic Susceptibility Balance 

  • CH Instruments Model 620E Electrochemistry Analyzer 
  • CH Instruments Model 630A Electrochemistry Analyzer 
  • Bruker D8 Quest ECO X-ray Diffractometer 
  • Fischer Scientific Accu 124 analytical balance 
  • Corning LSE 49L Shaking Incubator 
  • EBU-204 Mini-Electrophoretic Blotting Systems CE and Power Supplies 
  • Milestone Ethos Plus microwave laboratory station 
  • Thermo-Electron Forma 1L HPR centrifuge 
  • MakerBot 3D printer 

  • Bruker Avance III HD 300MHz digital nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR)

  • Modern 4 x 8 foot optical table that is vibration isolated with an instrumentation rack above it.  
  • Computers for data acquisition and analysis 
  • 500 MHz bandwidth digital oscilloscope 
  • 8 GHz bandwidth spectrum analyzer 

  • Used in the study of various magnetic materials  
  • Measures the electrical resistivity of materials at very low temperatures in order to help ascertain their electrical and magnetic properties.  
  • Four-point resistivity probe 
  • AC susceptibility coil 
  • Low temperature cryostat for measurements down to 4.2K  
  • Rigaku SmartLab SE Powder X-ray Diffractometer

The observatory is housed at the University's Farm outside Gordonville and is primarily used for the astronomy class PH109.  

The Special Projects Lab is used for the Capstone course projects.  

  • Provides facilities for model rocketry and reflective and cylindrical holography.  

This VisLab is a visual computing center used to support faculty and student projects that involve large and complicated datasets. 

  • Q Contrast EliteMax: The pinnacle of QLED innovation with our best Direct Full Array LED and an anti-reflective screen delivers our most pristine detail and depth.  
  • Q HDR EliteMax: Our maximum High Dynamic Range experience is engineered exclusively for the Q9 to deliver our most premium picture.  
  • Q Color: Push the boundaries of color with Quantum Dots and a billion shades, reserved for our flagship QLED TVs.*  
  • Q Style Elite: Designed to achieve aesthetic excellence by minimizing wires and mounting flush to the wall as a picture.**  
  • Ambient Mode: With our new Ambient Mode, you can elevate your living room with decorative content, useful information, your own photos, and even some background music. You won’t notice the TV on the wall as it blends perfectly with your décor.  
  • Smart TV with Bixby Voice: A revolutionary way to help find streaming and live TV shows with a universal guide, OneRemote and voice assistance. Product Size (W x H x D) Without Stand-57.1 x 32.7 x 1.5 inches. Stand Size (WxHxD)-18.9 x 7.2 x 14.2 inches  
  • VirtualLink ® provides connectivity to next-generation, high-resolution VR HMDs to let you view your work in the most compelling virtual environments.  
  • Fast, interactive, professional application performance 
  • Latest NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and ultra-fast graphics memory 
  • 48 RT Cores accelerate photorealistic ray-traced rendering 
  • Tensor Cores Accelerate AI Workflows 
  • 384 Tensor Cores power AI development and training 
  • Incredible inferencing performance is ideal for at the edge deployment 
  • Next Generation VR Support 
  • VirtualLink simplifies HMD cabling 
  • Advanced rendering and shading features for immersive VR 
  • Faster than PCIe-based solutions and offers flexible configurations 

Get Involved

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved on campus with students, faculty, and guest speakers who are as focused on your academic are as you are. We create opportunities to share your interests and have meaningful discussions outside the classroom.

Student Organizations

Student organizations aligned with your academic interests give you the opportunity to grow and learn in a whole new environment. From guest lectures to field trips to professional conferences, you’ll have the chance to connect and broaden your knowledge base.

Rhodes Hall 306
Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701