Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Message from the Chair

Welcome to our Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Whether you are exploring the possibility of Chemistry or Biochemistry as a major, considering completion of a minor in these fields, or simply want to know more about a course or degree program in our department, you have come to the right place. You will find among our offerings a program suited to your goals, whether your ambition is to obtain a B.A., B.S., M.S. or the Ph.D. degree, whether your professional objective is to enter a teaching, research or other position related to chemistry, or to obtain the prerequisites for another professional degree.

The research and teaching interests of our dedicated faculty span the entire field of chemistry and biochemistry, from the detection and analysis of trace materials, to the incorporation of environmentally friendly principals into chemical synthesis, to the development of the next generation of drugs and vaccines. The scope of interests range from the smallest materials, molecular structures and nanomaterials, to global concerns about climate change and the impact of chemistry on our environment.

In the spectrum of chemistry departments throughout the country ours is considered to be a medium-sized program, but with instrumentation and facilities that rival those in many larger departments. Our instructional laboratories have been fully renovated and are equipped with modern instrumentation that gives students in these courses a flavor of the labs that they will encounter in industrial and academic research facilities. Our individual faculty research labs are equipped with specialized instrumentation to support the specific projects in those research groups. More details about these research labs can be found on the individual faculty websites that are linked to the Department site.

In addition, a wide array of instrumentation, including several high field NMR spectrometers, high resolution mass spectrometers, powder and single crystal X-ray diffractometers and other advanced instrumentation are available and accessible to the undergraduate and graduate student researchers in our department. The link to the Instrumentation Center website will provide additional information on these facilities.

Our undergraduates have continued their education in professional and graduate degree programs throughout the country and our graduate students are employed in chemical and pharmaceutical companies and in the top academic programs across the globe. Your journey to an exciting and rewarding career can start here and our experienced faculty and staff will provide the guidance and training for you to begin your journey. Do not hesitate to ask anyone in our department, faculty, staff or student, about their experiences at UT. I am confident that you will get a positive response.

Last Updated: 6/26/15