The Department of Chemistry has 17 tenure-track faculty, 3 instructors, 20 graduate students, 130 undergraduate chemistry majors and 3 staff members. The Chemistry Department at Missouri State University received certification from the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training in 1974. Our program continues to have the certification from ACS-CPT.
The primary goal of the department is to provide our graduates with a sound background in the fundamental areas of chemistry coupled with an understanding of and exposure to modern instrumentation. Each chemistry major has the opportunity for hands-on usage of a broad range of instruments through course work. In addition our curriculum requires that all undergraduate chemistry majors participate in an undergraduate research project to help in their understanding of applying their chemistry knowledge.
The undergraduate curriculum is designed to educate persons for assuming responsible positions in industry; for entry into programs of advanced study in chemistry; for admission to professional schools of health-care, engineering and law; and for entering the fields of elementary and secondary teaching. The chemistry curriculum also provides a foundation for students pursuing programs in allied health, biological sciences, agriculture, and technology, and contributes to scientific literacy, public affairs, critical thinking skills and informed decision-making abilities of all students.