Department of Chemistry and Physics

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Fayetteville State University, where Chemistry degrees are being offered since 1972. Whether you are exploring the possibility of Chemistry as a major, considering completion of a minor in chemistry, physics, or materials science, or simply want to know more about a course in our department, you have come to the right place.

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. Chemistry is critical to solving today's issues such as faster and cheaper drug development, cleaner and more economical fuel sources, safer air and drinking water, biotechnology to improve health and food sources, and green industrial processes to prevent pollution. A chemistry degree can lead you to fascinating and high-paying careers where you can create new drugs, new materials, new technologies, new theories, new policies, or new businesses. Billion-dollar industries such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, household, and personal care products hire chemists in quality assurance, technical sales, research project management, and many other positions.

The Department offers two degree programs: B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (BChE) as a 3 + 2 dual program in conjunction with North Carolina State University.

The Department offers five different concentrations to students seeking the B.S. degree in Chemistry: General Chemistry, Chemistry Entrepreneurship, Materials Science, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Health.

The teaching and research interests of our dedicated faculty span the entire field of chemistry and biochemistry, from the research on the protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases,to research on mammalian fertilization, to the fabrication of novel nanostructured materials. The Department does not just pride itself on the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty but also prides itself on the commitment that faculty make to mentoring their students in undergraduate research. The mentorship provided by faculty is crucial to the success of students in their research endeavors. Our undergraduate students routinely work in research groups and have their work published right alongside their faculty mentor.

In the spectrum of chemistry departments throughout the State of North Carolina and country our Department is considered to be a small-sized program, but with instrumentation and facilities that rival those in many larger departments. Our state-of-the-art instructional laboratories are equipped with modern technologies that give students a flavor of the labs that they will encounter in industrial and academic research facilities. Our Core Facility houses many specialized instrumentations to support the undergraduate research. More information about faculty research can be found on the individual faculty websites that are linked to the Department site.

Our chemistry majors have continued their education in professional and graduate degree programs throughout the country and are employed in teaching institutions (P-12 schools and colleges), chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Your journey to an exciting career can start here; our dedicated faculty and staff will provide the help, guidance, and training for you to begin your journey.

Please explore our website to learn more about us and feel free to contact us if you need more information.

Cevdet Akbay
Professor of Chemistry and Chair
(910) 672-1943