Chemistry at the University of West Georgia is distinctive in that the size of our institution is large enough to offer a broad range of degree options and up to date laboratory and research instrumentation, yet still small enough to maintain a highly student-oriented degree program. Students participating in our undergraduate research initiative are provided the opportunity to engage in faculty directed research projects in relevant and mainstream sciences, allowing them the necessary "hands on" experiences needed in today's competitive job market. The department boasts a number of student achievements, including a winner of the highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship, and has produced a number of students who are accepted into the graduate school of their choosing. The department faculty makes every effort to assure the success of our students, with one goal in mind: to provide a high-quality, personal academic environment, that is underlined by an active undergraduate research experience, and measured by the value and success of our student graduates.
The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide undergraduate chemical education of the highest quality, and to be recognized as a center of excellence. To promote ongoing efforts to accomplish this mission, the tenured or tenure-track faculty member is a teacher-scholar who engages students in the learning process via superior instruction in the classroom as well as through meaningful involvement in undergraduate research. In addition, he/she is an active participant in the department’s efforts in advising and placing students, in improving their quality of life through extracurricular activities, and in serving the community via active interaction with teachers and students in high schools in the region.