David Y. Jeter. 1973. B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (Inorganic Chemistry.)
Darlene M. Loprete. 1990. B.A., Clark University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island. (Biochemistry.)
Jon Russ. 2004. B.S., Corpus Christi State University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. (Analytical Chemistry.)

Associate Professors

Mauricio L. Cafiero. 2004. Chair, James H. Daughdrill, Jr. Professor of the Natural Sciences. B.S., University of North Florida; M.A., and Ph.D., University of Arizona. (Physical Chemistry.)
Loretta Jackson-Hayes. 2003. B.S., Tougaloo College; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. (Pharmacology.)

Assistant Professors

Kimberly Brien. 2012. B.S., Texas Lutheran University; M.S., Baylor University; Ph.D.,Texas Christian University. (Organic Chemistry.)
Dana Horgen. 2014. B.S., Saint Olaf College; Ph.D., Baylor University (Organic Chemistry.)
Dhammika S. Muesse. 2007. B.S. and M.S., University of Colombo; Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Analytical Chemistry.)
Larryn W. Peterson. 2011. B.A., Carroll College; Ph.D., University of Southern California. (Organic Chemistry.)
Roberto de la Salud Bea. 2010. B.S. and M.S., University of Valencia, Spain. Ph.D., University of Nebraska. (Organic Chemistry.)

Chemistry Storeroom Manager

Jeff R. Goode. B.S., University of Memphis.

Chemistry Instrument Technician

Garrick Florence. B.S., Tougaloo College.

The Department is certified by the American Chemical Society as complying with its requirements for the professional training of chemists.

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry Leading to the B.S. Degree

  1. Chemistry 120-120L, 211-212, 212L, 240 and 240L 311-312, 312L,and at least 2 additional courses from the following list: 206, 406, 408, 414, 416, 422, 451-452 (total of four credits.)
  2. Physics 111-112, 113L-114L.
  3. Mathematics 121-122.
  4. Chemistry 485,486 or 415.

These requirements may be tailored to suit the interests and goals of the student. Some suggestions include:

  1. Chemistry graduate school: 406, 408, 414, 451-452.
  2. Biochemistry graduate school in a chemistry department: 414, 416, 451 452. (Note: students interested in graduate biochemistry may also wish to consider the Biochemistry-Molecular Biology major.)

Requirements for Certification by the American Chemical Society

  1. Chemistry 211, 240 and 240L, 311, 408, 414 - these serve as the foundation courses. Then the in-depth courses are 212 and 212L, 312 and 312L, 406 and 415.
  2. Physics 111-112 111L-112L.
  3. Mathematics 121-122.
  4. Chemistry 485 or 486 or 415.
  5. At least 4 credit hours of research (Chem 451 and/or 452.)

Honors in Chemistry

  1. Courses required: those listed for the B.S. degree as well as Chemistry 495 and 496.
  2. An original investigation of some problem in chemistry or biochemistry, usually related to research being carried on by a member of the department, is required. A creditable thesis must be presented at the end of the project. The honors project and its outcome must be approved by the student’s Honors Committee.
  3. A public presentation on the honors work is required by the department.

Course Offerings

NOTE: The laboratory periods referred to in the following courses indicate a morning or afternoon period of at least three hours.

105. Topics in Chemistry.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F7.

Chemical principles and information will be studied through the examination of thematic topics in the chemical sciences. Designed for students majoring in disciplines other than science and mathematics. Includes a laboratory experience.

107. Chemistry and Archaeology.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F7.

The scientific analysis and study of ancient materials has greatly enhanced our understanding of the past. In this course for non-science majors, we will undertake a survey of archaeological materials and the science that is pertinent to the development of an understanding of such materials. Minimal prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed, and only basic math skills are required. Three lecture periods and one laboratory experience each week.

108. Chemistry and Art.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F7.

The materials available to artists and the properties of those materials have greatly affected the type of artistic work that has been produced. In this course for non-science majors, we will explore the intersection of chemistry with the visual arts. The chemistry of ceramic materials, glasses, and metals will be considered, along with the chemistry of pigments and painting. Minimal prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed, and only basic math skills are required. Three lecture periods and one laboratory experience each week.

120. Foundations of Chemistry.

Fall. Credits: 3.

Degree Requirements: F7.

A study of the basic concepts and principles of chemistry. Topics to be considered include stoichiometry, acids and bases, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, kinetics and thermodynamics.
Corequisite: Chemistry 120L.

120L. Foundations of Chemistry Laboratory.

Fall. Credits: 1.

An experimental introduction to the physical and chemical properties of matter. One laboratory period a week.

Corequisite: Chemistry 120.

206. Environmental Chemistry.

Spring. Credits: 4.

An introduction to the chemical principles of water, soil, air and the biosphere, including those that govern the fate, transport and effects of chemical species in nature. The course will focus on the chemistry of natural systems as well as human impact on these systems. Various methods and modern analytical instrumentation will be introduced. . Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Chem 120 or the permission of the instructor.

211. Organic Chemistry I.

Spring. Credits: 4.

A general survey of elementary theory, preparation, reactions, and properties of the compounds of carbon, both aliphatic and aromatic, containing the most important functional groups.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 120-120L.

212. Organic Chemistry II.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics to be covered including various instrumental methods to determine molecular structures of organic compounds; reactions and preparations of carbonyl compounds, amines and aromatics; discussions on carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and other natural products and biological substances.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 211.

Corequisite: Chemistry 212L.

212L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory.

Fall. Credits: 2.

Emphasis is placed upon synthesis and the common laboratory techniques encountered in organic chemistry. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Corequisite: Chemistry 212.

225. Biochemistry Primer.

Fall, Credits: 1.

A lecture course that covers topics in equilibrium and acid/base chemistry necessary for taking the biochemistry course (414).

Prerequisites: Chemistry 120, 211.

240. Analytical Chemistry.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Lecture topics include sampling, statistical analysis, experimental design and optimization, chemical equilibrium, and an introduction to modern instrumental analysis.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 212.

Corequisite: Chemistry 240L.

240L. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

Spring. Credits: 1.

Laboratory experiments will apply the total analytical process, from collecting samples, chemical workup, and analysis. Experimental methods will include volumetric analysis and elementary instrumental analysis. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 212.

Corequisite: Chemistry 240.

311. Physical Chemistry I.

Fall. Credits: 4.

An introduction to the study of chemical phenomena at the molecular level using primarily the techniques of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 212L, 240 and 240L, Physics 112, 114L and Mathematics 122.

312. Physical Chemistry II.

Spring. Credits: 4.

An introduction to chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and statistical mechanics as applied to chemical and biochemical systems.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 311 or permission of the instructor.

Corequisite: Chemistry 312L.

312L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory.

Spring. Credits: 1.

Experimental study of physico-chemical systems using modern instrumental techniques. Designed to be taken with Chemistry 312. One laboratory period a week. Additional time outside lab hours may be required.

Corequisite: Chemistry 312.

406. Instrumental Analysis.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A study of the principles and practice modern instrumental analyses, including absorption and emission spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on understanding the major instrumental methods chemists use to study chemical phenomena. One hour of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: 240, 240L, 312 and 312L or the permission of the instructor.

408. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.

Spring. Credits: 4.

A survey of experimental and theoretical inorganic chemistry, with emphasis on topics of current interest. Six laboratory periods during the semester.

Prerequisites: 212, 212L, 311-312, and 312L.

414. Biochemistry.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A study of the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, The kinetics and bioenergetics of enzymatic reactions in metabolic pathways will also be studied.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 212L or the permission of the instructor.

Corequisite: 240 and 240L, or 225.

415. Advanced Biochemistry.

Spring. Credits: 4.

The course consists of an independent project designed to integrate topics in biochemistry, and to hone the students’ writing and oral presentation skills.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 414 or the permission of the instructor.

416. Mechanisms of Drug Action

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A study of chemicals that produce change in function of biological systems and the mechanisms by which these chemicals act. The course focuses on the main classes of drugs as well as some of the more popular contemporary drugs and how they affect their target biological systems. Applicable pharmacology-related literature is also emphasized to give students exposure to the types of techniques used in drug research.

Prerequisites: 212, 212L and 240, 240 L, Biology 130-131 and 140-141.

422. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Topics

Fall or Spring. Credits: 2-4, 2-4.

A study of the principles and practice of modern methods of organic chemistry, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. The course will focus on structure determination and the original design and synthesis of molecules. Hours may be distributed between lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: 212, 212L.

451, 452. Introduction to Research.

Fall-Spring. Credits: 1-4,1-4.

Original investigations undertaken by junior and senior chemistry majors of chemical or biochemical problems usually related to research being carried on by members of the department. A maximum of 12 credits may be earned. For degree purposes four credits of 451 and/or 452 will be equivalent to a course even if these credits are not all taken in the same semester.

460. Chemistry Internship

Fall or Spring. Credits: 1-4.

A course designed to give students experience in chemical research and technology, guided by a chemical professional mentor. Students may work on or off campus depending on the preferences of the sponsoring company or institution. Examples of possible work area Include chemical manufacturing, product discovery, research and development, or forensic characterization. Successful completion will include a written report and an oral presentation.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

485 or 486. Chemistry Senior Seminar.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A seminar course required of all senior chemistry majors. The course is designed to promote independent thinking, integration of topics in chemistry, and to provide practice in group discussion and in written and oral presentation.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall-Spring. Credits: 4-8.

Open to candidates for honors in chemistry. Includes supervised honors research in a chemical or biochemical field of study.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

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