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Preparing for the future

The Chemistry programs prepare students for employment as professional chemists; for further studies in graduate schools; for professional training in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and optometry; and for secondary school science teaching.

Degree Programs

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Physics is to support the missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University by providing a nurturing learning environment that prepares students for careers in government, industry, and education, as well as for pursuing further study in graduate and/or health-related professional schools. The Department offers a BS in Chemistry, BA in Chemistry, and 3+2 Dual BS Chemistry/BS Chemical Engineering degrees, as well as minor and service courses in the physical sciences that prepare graduates in career-ready skills of analytical reasoning, scientific literacy, effective communication, and professional ethics. The Department serves a diverse student body, including military and international students, through effective teaching, active scholarship, and service-learning activities. Graduates of the departmental programs will become productive citizens that will promote the educational, economic, and environmental well-being of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.


The Degrees Offered by the Department of Chemistry and Physics

The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers two degree programs: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BChE) as a 3 + 2 dual program in conjunction with North Carolina State University. As a central scientific discipline, chemistry impacts human life in many ways and the understanding of chemistry is critical for solving the world's most important problems. The department offers five different concentrations to students seeking the BS degree in chemistry. The General Chemistry Concentration is a traditional chemistry track that prepares students for graduate school in chemistry (or related fields) or a career in the chemical industry. The Chemistry Entrepreneurship Concentration is intended for students who wish to pursue the fields of chemistry and business; it contains a solid foundation in chemistry and an introduction to business and entrepreneurship coursework. The Materials Science Concentration is ideal for students interested in the growing field of nanotechnology and materials on all scales; it prepares students for a variety of graduate programs in engineering, industry, and related fields. The Pre-Pharmacy Concentration is designed to prepare students for success in professional pharmacy degree programs. The Pre-Health Concentration gives students the foundation they need for careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, physician's assistant, veterinary medicine, and other health-related careers. The BChE degree prepares students to work in a wide range of industries to solve technical problems, create and improve products, or for graduate study in chemical engineering. The minors in chemistry, physics, and materials science are designed for students who would like additional coursework in chemistry, physics, and materials science. Other course offerings by the department include comprehensive courses in physics, physical science, astronomy, geology, and engineering, which prepare students for further studies in physics, engineering, and other related fields. The department also offers courses as a service to other disciplines as an integral part of the university's core education requirements.

Faculty Coordinators for General Chemistry Concentration: Dr. Shubo Han (Office: Lyons Science Annex Building  334, Phone: 910-672-1303, E-mail: and Dr. Bidisha Bose-Basu (Office: Science and Technology Building  311, Phone: 910-672-1052, E-mail:

Faculty Coordinator for Chemistry Entrepreneurship Concentration: Dr. Jonathan Breitzer (Office: Science and Technology Building  310
Phone: 910- 672-1176, E-mail:

Faculty Coordinator for Materials Science Concentration: Dr. Zhiping Luo (Office: Lyons Science Building 129, Phone:910-672-2647,E-mail:

Faculty Coordinators for Pre-Health Concentration: Dr. Subir Nagdas (Office: Lyons Science Annex Building  336, Phone: 910-672-2073, E-mail: and Dr. Ali Siamaki (Office: Science and Technology Building  320, Phone: 910-672-1619,E-mail:

Faculty Coordinators for Pre-Pharmacy Concentration: Dr. Daniel Autrey (Office: Science and Technology Building  305B, Phone: 910-672-1354, E-mail: and Dr. Ali Siamaki(Office: Science and Technology Building  320, Phone: 910-672-1619,E-mail:

Faculty Coordinator for Chemical Engineering 3+2 Dual Program: Dr. Shubo Han (Office: Lyons Science Annex Building 334
Phone: 910-672-1303, E-mail:

4-Year Plans

Minor Degrees Offered by the Department of Chemistry and Physics

The minors in chemistry, materials science, and physics are designed for students who would like additional coursework in chemistry, materials science, and physics.


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