Aug 12, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Michael A. Janusa, chair
Math Building, Room 104
Phone: (936) 468-3606
Fax: (936) 468-7634
P.O. Box 13006, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


Michele R. Harris, Michael A. Janusa, Kefa K. Onchoke

Associate Professors
Alyx S. Frantzen, Darrell R. Fry, Odutayo O. Odunuga

Assistant Professors
Brian M. Barngrover, Russell J. Franks, Brannon Gary, Jenny Han, Matibur R. Zamadar

Catherine Kwiatkowski


The objectives of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are:

  • to prepare students for graduate and/or professional schools (e.g., medical)
  • to prepare students for positions in industry, government service and teaching
  • to allow science students with non-chemistry majors to relate chemistry to their major science
  • and to acquaint non-science students with the methods, concepts and achievements of the science of chemistry.

The chemistry curriculum has the full approval of the American Chemical Society for training professional chemists.

  • Biochemistry - curriculum designed for students interested in biochemistry-related careers or life/health sciences (i.e. medical), which includes premedical and other pre-professional students. Biochemistry combines the fundamentals of chemistry with advanced courses in biochemistry and the life sciences. Biochemistry students are required to minor in biology (21 hours).
  • Interdisciplinary - curriculum designed for students interested in learning chemical sciences; however, other options may be designed with approval of the department. Although chemistry is a distinct subject or discipline of inquiry, chemistry contributes to all the other science disciplines and is interdisciplinary by nature. It is for this reason this concentration allows students the flexibility to supplement a core study of chemistry with courses in other science fields. The curriculum provides students the intellectual tools to integrate their concentration areas, engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving, and prepares them for careers and/or graduate programs that increasingly cross disciplinary boundaries. Graduates are prepared for entry into the job market or graduate study in the sciences or an interdisciplinary area, or in medical, law and business schools. Interdisciplinary concentration students are required to have 25 hours of approved minor/concentration courses.
  • Professional Chemist - curriculum designed for students who wish to pursue graduate education for a career in research in chemistry or in a chemical industry. The curriculum specifically includes advanced coursework in all five sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic and physical). Students selecting the professional chemist concentration are free to choose any minor; however, the combined science minor is highly recommended.
  • Secondary Education - curriculum designed for students whose career goals are in the secondary education field. Secondary education students are required to minor in secondary education (24 hours).

Student Organization

American Chemical Society Student Chapter, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student Chapter, Chemistry Club



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