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Dr. David Sammeth, Department Chair
Ivan Hilton Science Building, Room 232
FAX: 505.454.3203


The Department of Chemistry values teaching and research as equal and essential components of the education of our students and seeks to integrate research with teaching at every possible opportunity in the curriculum. Housed in the Ivan Hilton Science Center, students enjoy modern laboratories and instrumentation.

The department offers both BA and BS programs in chemistry . The BA in chemistry is also offered with a biochemistry option. The BS chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). A recommended curriculum /or plan of study, is available for all degrees.

For those with an interest in teaching with an emphasis in science, other options, aside from earning a degree in chemistry, include a BA in general science for secondary school teachers (Grades 7 – 12), a minor in general science for elementary school teachers (Grades K – 5), or a combined science minor.


Mission of the Chemistry Program

The mission of the Chemistry Program is to offer the highest quality courses and programs for all students. The bachelor of science degree is appropriate for those students intending to enter the science workforce directly after graduation. The BA degree is sufficient for students requiring a wider background in the sciences with chemistry still as the core discipline. The biochemistry degree option is directed toward providing excellent preparation for chemistry students who wish to enter a professional school to study for careers in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, ophthalmology, or pharmacy. It provides students with a background in chemistry and biology, along with flexibility in selection of electives to refine a student’s specific interest.

Students in chemistry have access to modern laboratories and a wide array of modern, sophisticated instrumentation for chemistry classes and research. Chemical measurement instrumentation includes a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, X-ray diffractive equipment, gas and liquid chromatographs, mass spectrometers, IR, UV, visible spectrophotometers, and laser spectroscopy facilities. Students who major in chemistry are expected to become fully competent in the use of the instruments by the time they graduate. Students gain a practical perspective on chemistry through involvement with research projects. The Chemistry Program is highly successful in placing its graduates in exciting careers in industry and government. Another option frequently pursued by our graduates is to continue their studies in either a master’s or doctoral program.


Preparation for Careers in Health Sciences: Dentistry, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, etc.

Entry into professional school is often dependent upon success in a selected series of courses rather than completion of a particular major program. Thus, the choice of a specific major is frequently flexible. In addition, the extent of pre-professional training needed varies considerably.

Some areas where pre-professional advising is appropriate are:

Pre-medicine Pre-optometry

Pre-dentistry Pre-occupational therapy

Pre-pharmacy Pre-veterinary medicine

Pre-physical therapy Medical technology