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Student Centered

Career and Graduate School Preparation

Highly skilled faculty, newly renovated classroom and research laboratories, a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, and engaging in activities through the student chapter of the American Chemical Society are just a few of the amazing opportunities awaiting you. The Chemistry B.S. offers three options of study, pre-professional preparation, and a chemistry minor.


Quality Programs

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Chemistry Certified by American Chemical Society

Here at UCM, we have a rigorous chemistry program that is certified by the American Chemical Society.

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In our program, you will receive a student-centered education with daily interactions and strong involvement of our faculty, from classroom to individual research projects.

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Our instructional laboratories have been fully renovated in 2017 and are equipped with newly upgraded modern instrumentation that provide students with excellent experience of what they will encounter in industrial and academic research facilities.

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Secondary Education: Chemistry

College of Education - School of Teaching and Learning

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Become a high school science teacher!

You will have multiple hands-on opportunities to learn science teaching in both University and school settings. Our graduates have nearly 100% placement in Missouri schools, and faculty will work with you as you begin your career.

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Hands-on Experience

Another one of the advantages of studying in these programs is the opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience with sophisticated instruments, assuring future employers a well trained and experienced student with a high level of confidence. The programs have a large variety of instruments available, such as those used for UV-Visible, FT-IR, and FT-NMR spectroscopy; a number of chromatography instruments, including GC, GC/MS, and HPLC; and an assortment of other equipment for calorimetry, fluorometry, and electrochemical analysis.  Chemistry strives to maintain modern instrumentation; for example the FT-IR, Fluorescence, and UV-Visible spectrophotometers in addition to the HPLC chromatography system were all recent purchases for the chemistry program.


Opportunities for Involvement

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 chemistry students.  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.  The fact that you will be graduating from a department accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) assures you of the quality of the education you will receive at UCM. 


Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research experiences are encouraged for all chemistry majors at UCM and are required for students obtaining the ACS-certified B.S. degree and the B.S. in Education degree. Many areas of research are available to students throughout the entire calendar year (Fall, Spring, and Summer), including organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical education.

Undergraduate research provides an opportunity for the student to develop and utilize critical thinking skills, creativity, and essential research techniques for chemical, health, and other related disciplines. Those participating in research collaborate with faculty members and fellow students, building strong student-mentor relationships.

Upon completion of their research projects, many of our students have presented their results at state, regional, and national meetings. Participation in professional meetings provides an opportunity for undergraduates to interact and share experiences with students and faculty from around the country. The following is a list of the conferences where UCM undergraduates have made presentations over the past few years:

  • National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Midwest Regional of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Missouri Academy of Science (MAS)
  • Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE)
  • Central Scholar's Symposium
  • Argonne Symposium






School Chair

Dr. Scott Lankford
School of Natural Sciences
WCM 306A
Tel: (660) 543-8827
Fax: (660) 543-4355

Chemistry Program Coordinator

Dr. Jason Holland
WCM 406B
Tel: (660) 543-8714

Office Professional

Glenda Carmack
School of Natural Sciences
WCM 306
Tel: (660) 543-4933
Fax: (660) 543-4355


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