Bachelor of Arts (teaching certification in grades 7-12 available); Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, pre-professional (pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-engineering); Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
At a Glance
What's cooking in UWG's Chemistry department? For starters, this major offers small classes, paid laboratory and research assistant positions, an individualized education in all levels of scientific thought and practice, the opportunity to carry out and present research at local, state and national events, an expanded and ultra-modern learning center, opening up opportunities to internships with crime labs, environmental agencies, hospitals and pharmacies, the preparation for work in such fields as research and development, teaching, forensics and chemical engineering, and – well, you get the idea. Now that you know what the Chemistry department has to offer, the only question left is: What would you like to cook up in the Chemistry department?
Why should I choose UWG's Chemistry program?
- The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence in undergraduate chemical education and undergraduate research while providing individual attention via small classes taught by professors, not graduate students.
- Strengths include preparing students for graduate study in chemistry; professional study such as medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacy, dentistry; positions in industry, government service and teaching.
- The B.S. program is certified by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Committee on Professional Training.
Are there any special opportunities available?
- Faculty-directed research opportunities are available that increase interest and excitement in science through scientific inquiry, develop independent scientific thought and practice, increase awareness of opportunities, provide a context that encourages better performance in academic courses, and provide individual attention from faculty.
- Paid student laboratory assistant positions and research assistant positions.
- Opportunity to attend and present research at professional meetings at the national, regional and state levels.
- Internship and co-op opportunities with agencies such as crime lab, Center for Disease Control, Southwire, Environmental Protection Agency, local hospitals and pharmacies.
- Special topic courses in organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biochemistry and chemical engineering.
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- Graduates will find an impressive array of career options and exciting opportunities in fields such as basic research, environmental protection, instrumentation, new product and process development, technical marketing, market research, forensic chemistry, information science and teaching at all levels.
- An education in chemistry is valuable in health sciences such as medicine, pharmacology, clinical chemistry and industrial hygiene.
- Chemists are considered to be one of the most versatile of all scientists and are valuable members of a team enjoying personal satisfaction, professional status, and a better-than-average salary.
- Further Education
- Every year 30 to 40% of our graduates from the last four years are pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry, a medical degree or a pharmacy degree. In the past the chemistry graduates were accepted by such universities as Stanford University, Harvard University, Caltech, UCLA, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Medical College of Georgia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Alabama, University of Texas, University of Tennessee, Mercer University, Loma Linda University, University of Georgia and University of Virginia.
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- An active ACS affiliated chemistry club sponsors professional and social events including outreach activities, sporting events, barbecues.
What kind of facilities and equipment will be made available to me?
- Present facilities include modern and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories.
- Instrumentation available for teaching and research include 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; a laser system; CD spectrometer; an ultra-high vacuum surface science chamber; silicon graphics workstations, Infrared, Raman, UV spectrometers,
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- Faculty members have a wide variety of interests and offer courses that cover a wide spectrum.
- Most faculty members received their Ph.D.s in the 1990s and later, reflecting the youth and vitality of the department.
- Collaboration between the faculty in teaching and research allows students to be exposed to a unique combination of topics in chemistry and the sciences.
- General Research Interests:
- Drug design and synthesis
- Computer assisted molecular design
- Environmentally benign catalysis
- Protein folding
- Teaching innovations
- Electron transfer
- Transition metal compounds
- Laser spectroscopy
- Mass spectrometry
- Green chemistry