School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Callaway Professor and Dean Breton; Dana Professor Earnest; Associate Professors Bressette, Davis, Hoke, Martin, Suroviec, and Qualley; Assistant Professor Turlington; Lecturers Aslam and Lady; Visiting Assistant Professors Cook.;
McAllister Hall, Room 326 Telephone: (706) 236-5496 FAX: (706) 238-7855
Modern chemistry is a diverse science positioned at the interface of physics, biology and mathematics. The curriculum, which is one of only 18 chemistry programs in Georgia accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and one of only 2 chemistry programs in Georgia accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), combines a solid foundation in fundamental principles of chemistry with firsthand experiences using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Given chemistry’s centrality in the sciences, the chemistry and biochemistry majors are an excellent choice for those interested in a diverse range of careers, including medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, teaching or as a research scientist for government or industry. Students are highly encouraged to engage in research opportunities within the department and students regularly travel to regional and national conferences with faculty members to present their research results, and many have had their research published in scholarly journals. Summer research opportunities both on and off campus are also available. The department sponsors activities on and off campus through the American Chemical Society student-affiliate club.
Either Chemistry 102 or Chemistry 108 with the laboratory component may be taken toward fulfillment of the Foundations of Knowledge 4d Natural Science requirement. Chemistry 102, which is the chemistry general-education course taken by most non-science majors, may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in any science area.
American Chemical Society and American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Certified Majors
Chemistry and Biochemistry majors have the option of obtaining a B.S. degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and/or the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Both these certified degrees contain greater depth and are ideally suited for those wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies upon graduation. Since both programs require specific courses and laboratory hours, students should consult with their advisors to ensure they meet these requirements. The department tracks each student’s progress toward their certified degree. While the ACS degrees only require completion of the ACS curriculum, the ASBMB degree requires students to pass a final standardized exam.