Location: Building 50, Room 3500Phone: (904) 620-3503
Facsimile: (904) 620-3535Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/chemistry
Dr. Radha Pyati, Chair
The mission of the Department of Chemistry is to provide excellent educational experiences in the classroom and in the laboratory at all levels and in all sub-disciplines of chemistry, with the goal to foster in our students a solid background in the foundational aspects, an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry, and an appreciation of the significance and relevance of chemistry in daily life. We strive to offer programs of relevance that instill in our students the principles, motivation, comprehension, and the vision to prepare them for graduate school, medical school, or for careers in the chemical industry, or in teaching. Toward these ends, the department has focused its resources in developing undergraduate curricula that inspire our students to gain a firm and operative understanding of the fundamental theories and principles in chemistry and biochemistry. It also provides opportunities for faculty members to mentor undergraduates in original research in order to enhance their theoretical, experimental, and creative abilities through hands-on laboratory experiences. Other transformational learning experiences such as internships, attending and presenting at regional and national meetings and workshops are supported and encouraged. In designing our lecture and laboratory courses we strive to engage our students and to help them develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry only. New BS Chemistry tracks in Pre-Medical Professions and in Materials Chemistry were added to the curricula as additional areas of concentration for Chemistry majors.
In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees with majors in chemistry, general sciences are also available.
Advanced degrees such as a Masters in Science degree in Chemistry or a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry are not offered at present. A Masters program is under development for implementation in a future year.
The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry that is certified by the American Chemical Society.
Chemistry is a central science that deals with the study of the properties and behavior of matter. Knowledge of chemistry has always been fundamental to the investigation of the physical world. It serves as a bridge between biological sciences, physics and mathematics.
In recent years, the traditional specialties of Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Biochemistry have become increasingly interconnected, creating new and exciting interdisciplinary concentrations in areas like bio-organic, bio-inorganic, bio-analytical, bio-physical, and materials chemistry. The ever-increasing use of complex technologies and processes employed in modern medicine, agriculture, defense, manufacturing, and other industries is a clear indication that the demand for individuals with a chemistry background will continue to increase in the future. An array of analytical and spectroscopic instrumentation is available for laboratory instruction and research. Students in the chemistry program are encouraged to gain research experience by working in the laboratory of a faculty member of their choice. Diverse projects in synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry, natural products, bioorganic chemistry, materials and solid state inorganic chemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry, and computational physical chemistry are currently available for undergraduate research. By a judicious choice of courses, students in research programs can obtain credit toward graduation. Qualified students engaging in undergraduate research during the summer and/or academic year could receive financial support from their faculty research advisor or via competitive university fellowship awards or other scholarships. Several tuition scholarships are also available on a competitive basis.
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