Fourth grade students from Jim Ned (Lawn) Elementary School traveled to McMurry to learn about chemistry.
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry home page! We’d like to tell you about the programs and other opportunities available through this department.
Chemistry Club students hosted the show and assisted the students in the hands-on activities.
Two degrees and three majors are offered: a B.S. in Chemistry or in Biochemistry (no minor required), and a B.A. in Chemistry (requires a minor). If a minor in Curriculum and Instruction is combined with the B.A. in Chemistry, the student is prepared to take the certification test in the chemistry teaching field for Grades 8 – 12. Besides the three majors, minors are offered in Chemistry and in Biochemistry.
Students who major in the central science of chemistry or the interdisciplinary field of biochemistry are well equipped for many different careers. In addition to foundational knowledge, chemistry and biochemistry majors learn communication and problem-solving skills that can be applied to whatever career path a student chooses. Recent graduates have been accepted to pharmacy school, optometry school, dental school, and graduate school in chemistry, or have worked in cancer research or begun teaching at the high school and community college level. Others are working in the oil industry, the semi-conductor industry, and the nuclear industry.
The Department offers several exciting opportunities to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry, as well as to other science majors. The Department has an active research program, thanks to a grant from the Welch Foundation. Part of the grant is used to provide a summer stipend for typically 3 – 5 students involved in research with a faculty member. We have an active student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (known locally as the Chemistry Club), through which students are involved in tutoring, chemistry shows, student preview days, field trips, and invited guest speakers. Work-study opportunities are also available in the department. In these positions, students are employed as teaching assistants (TAs) in the labs, supplemental instruction (SI) leaders, graders, and/or preparing materials for labs each week.
Please explore our webpage and links! The faculty and staff welcome your contact with us and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department web site comments and/or suggestions, email: Dr. Paul S. Pyenta