Welcome to the Department of Chemistry homepage. Our department views modern chemistry as a broadly diverse science, with roots in physics and mathematics, and applications in biology, geology, neuroscience, medicine, and industry.
About the Department
The philosophy of the Chemistry Department at Rhodes rests on two beliefs. First, Chemistry, as all science, is part of the liberal arts, and so the study of chemistry benefits from concurrent study of arts and humanities as well as athletics and service. Second, Chemistry is truly a central science, and the most exciting work in chemistry is done when it is applied to biology, medicine, neuroscience, materials, archaeology, and other fields. Thus in our department you will find faculty that are proficient not only in chemistry, but also in a variety of applied fields.
In recent years, graduates of our department have typically followed one of three paths: graduate studies in a Health Profession, including medical school, pharmacy school, dental school, nursing school, or veterinary school; graduate studies in Chemistry; or immediate employment in either Chemical industry or Science education.
Each member of the Department has an on-going research program, thus research opportunities for students are available in a wide variety of areas. Students work on computer modeling of drug-protein interactions, synthesis of novel anti-bacterial molecules, analysis of pigments used in cave paintings, studies of the cell walls of fungi, and more. Visit the links below for an in-depth description of each faculty member′s research program.
- Russ Research Group
- De La Salud Bea Research Group | Organic Chemistry
- Jackson-Hayes Research Group
- Peterson Research Group | Bio-Organic Chemistry
- Eckenhoff Research Group | Inorganic Chemistry
- Stoddard Molecular Immunotherapeutics Research Lab |
Computational and Experimental Bio-Organic Chemistry
The Iota Beta chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society recognizes students who have done excellent work in college chemistry classes.
Join the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), our student-run Chemistry club!
Students majoring in chemistry have a wide range of internship and research opportunities available.
Departmental offices, classrooms, and a full range of laboratories are located in the Berthold S. Kennedy Hall.