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Dr. David Sammeth, Department Chair
Ivan Hilton Science Building,
Room HSCI 232
FAX: 505-454-3203


The Chemistry Department offers both Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs. The BS degree, approved by the American Chemical Society, offers rigorous training in chemistry and mathematics and is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue graduate studies or employment as chemists. The BA degree, a more versatile program, combines a solid foundation in chemistry with opportunity for breadth of study. It is offered with a biochemistry option, which provides study in the chemistry of life processes and offers the best preparation for medical school and other post-graduate health profession related programs. A recommended curriculum that includes a four-year plan of study is available for all degrees. For those interested in teaching science, there is a BA degree in general science for secondary school teachers (Grades 7 – 12) as well as a minor in general science for elementary school teachers (Grades K – 5), or even a combined science minor. Within any degree program, students gain a practical perspective on chemistry thorough involvement with research projects. The Chemistry Program is highly successful in placing its graduates in careers in industry and government or in continuing their studies in either a Masters or Doctoral program.


Mission of the Chemistry Program

The mission of the chemistry program is to offer a quality education to students whether they are fulfilling general education requirements, taking background courses for other science, pre-professional, or engineering programs, or following a course of study for a chemistry major or minor while incorporating carefully mentored, hands-on laboratory and research experiences.

The goal of the chemistry program is to effectively prepare chemistry graduates to enter the workforce with a B.S/B.A. degree or to handle the rigors of a more advanced M.S. or Ph.D. program of study. Also, course preparation and advisement are available for students who choose to enter a post graduate, licensed professional program of study for a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy or pharmacy.


Resources and Laboratory Facilities

The Ivan Hilton Science Center provides students with modern chemical laboratories and research facilities. Available for both student and faculty use is a wide assortment of state-of-the-art instrumentation: high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (nmr), X-ray diffraction equipment, liquid chromatography, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (gc/ms), IR/UV-visible spectrophotometer, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Students who major in chemistry are expected to become fully proficient in the use of the instruments by the time they graduate.

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