About the Program

The mission of the chemistry program is to guide students in the development of their chemical knowledge and skills through a quality course of study emphasizing experiential learning with a professionally engaged faculty current in their field who help students successfully integrate into chemically related professions.

Our strong traditional chemistry curriculum is ideal for developing a student’s knowledge base as well as their critical thinking and communication skills. Students gain additional practical experience through research and assisting professors with laboratories. This major also expands the student’s horizons and further initiates them into chemically-related professions by involving them in off-campus field trips, short courses, professional meetings, and summer research and internship opportunities.

Dan Bowman
Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Indiana University
Laura Grochowski
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Program Coordinator of Chemistry and Forensic Science
B.S., Delaware Valley College
Ph.D., Oregon State University
Stan Jones
Visiting Instructor of Chemistry
B.S. University of Tampa
MEd. University of Virginia
Jason Powell
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Physics
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maria Puccio
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
B.A., Longwood University
Ph.D., George Washington University
Natalia Smelkova
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
B.S., and M.S., Vologda State Pedagogical Institute
Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine

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Contact the Program Coordinator of Chemistry:

Chemistry curriculum may include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Physical ChemistryOrganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Independent Research

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.

Independent Research: Chemistry majors are required to complete independent research projects prior to graduation. Examples of recent projects include:

  • Atomistic Simulation of Hysteresis Behavior of Ni-Ti Shape-Memory Alloy
  • Fabrication of Polyoxometalate Supercapacitor Devices
  • Experimental Analysis of Greek Fire
  • Optimization of Melt Processed Photoluminescent Polymer Blend
  • Inexpensive Chemistry Labs That Meet SOL Requirements

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship. Some past internships include:

  • Electroanalytical, membrane, and immunochemistry research at the University of Kentucky.
  • Working in polymer chemistry at Virginia Tech.
  • Chemistry Club (American Chemical Society Student Affiliates)

What can I be with a major in Chemistry?

A major in Chemistry leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Chemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • EPA Inspector
  • Patent Agent
  • FDA Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Detailer
  • Fire Protection Engineer