The University of Central Missouri offers a B.S. in Chemistry degree with three options, as well as a chemistry minor. The B.S. in Biochemistry is an excellent choice for those interested in pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary, and pre-pharmacy studies.
Highly skilled faculty, newly renovated classrooms and research laboratories, a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, and a very active student chapter of the American Chemical Society are just a few of the many advantages awaiting you.
Chemistry, as the “Central Science,” contributes significantly to the development of scientific knowledge and technology, with molecular advances opening new vistas in medicine, biology, materials science, environmental science, etc. To obtain a chemistry degree is challenging, exciting, and rewarding, offering many opportunities for your future career, including:
Here at UCM, we have a rigorous chemistry program that is certified by the American Chemical Society. Our program offers a B. S. degree in chemistry with three options of study:
In addition, a degree in Secondary Education with a Chemistry Option is available in conjunction with the College of Education.
In our programs, you will receive a student-centered education that includes close interactions with your professors both inside and outside the classroom and involvement in individual research projects. The teaching and research interests of our dedicated faculty cover the entire field of chemistry and biochemistry, from the detection and analysis of trace metals using nanomaterials, to the thermodynamic investigation of nucleic acid triple helix stability, to the synthesis methodology of amide bonds and poly-peptide fragments. UCM's chapter of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates offers various exciting extracurricular activities on top of our well-established degree programs.
Our quality of education has been proven with a successful track record of preparing students for careers and further education. The placements of graduates from our program include:
Come and join us to start your journey toward an exciting and rewarding career. We're confident you'll be glad you did.
|Dr. Mandy Blackburn||Assistant Professor||
Office: WCM 409B
|Dr. Steven Boone||Professor||
Office: WCM 409A
|Dr. Jason Holland||Professor, Program Coordinator||
Office: WCM 406B
|Dr. Innocent Pumure||Associate Professor||
Office: WCM 409D
|Dr. Somnath Sarkar||Professor||
Office: WCM 417
|Dr. Jay Steinkruger||Associate Professor||
Office: WCM 409F
|Dr. Chen Zhou||Associate Professor||
Office: WCM 409C
|Mrs. Andrea Carter||Instructor||
Office: WCM 409E
|Dr. Sayema Tuli||Instructor||
Office: WCM 401
|Mrs. Cathy Welsh||Stockroom Manager||
Office: WCM 410
|Mr. David Weinmann||Laboratory Technician||
Office: WCM 413
Another advantage of studying chemistry at UCM is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with sophisticated chemical instrumentation, assuring future employers a well-trained and experienced graduate who works with a high level of confidence. Equipment used regularly by students include those for UV-Visible, FT-IR, and FT-NMR spectroscopy; chromatography instruments, such as those for GC, GC/MS, and HPLC; and an assortment of others for calorimetry, fluorometry, and electrochemical analysis. UCM chemists strive to obtain the most up-to-date instrumentation; the FT-IR, fluorescence, and UV-Visible spectrophotometers, in addition to the HPLC chromatography system, are all recent acquisitions.
It is always important to find a close-knit group of students pursuing similar career goals. There are plenty of opportunities to work within the department as a grader, a lab assistant, a stockroom assistant or a tutor. These paid positions can be supplemented by scholarships or loans that are available to students in chemistry. Becoming a member of the ACS student affiliates is attractive to many of our majors and minors, thus contributing more to the camaraderie among those in the department. Graduating from a program accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) assures you of the quality of education you will receive at UCM.
Undergraduate research experiences are encouraged for all chemistry majors at UCM and are required for students obtaining the B.S. ACS certified degree and the B.S. in Education degree. Many areas of research are available throughout the academic year and the summer, including work in biochemistry; organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry; and chemical education. Undergraduate research provides an opportunity for students to develop and utilize critical thinking skills, creativity, and essential research techniques for chemical, health, and other science-related disciplines. Students participating in research collaborate with faculty members and other student researchers, building important student-mentor relationships. Many students present their research at state, regional, and national meetings. Participation in professional meetings provides an opportunity to interact and share experiences with student and faculty researchers from around the country and the world. A list of the conferences where UCM undergraduates have presented over the past few years includes: