Department of Chemistry and Physics

About the Department

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Physics is to provide high-quality instruction in the physical sciences, to encourage students to perform to their full potential, and to instill a scientific attitude that will develop scientifically literate, educated professionals. The Department seeks to develop the technical competence and the broad intellectual foundation needed to understand the impact of science and technology on humans and to make informed decisions on social, ethical, and environmental questions. The Department also endeavors to meet the general educational needs of the University; to contribute new knowledge in science and science education; and to serve the needs of educators, other professionals, and communities within the service area.

Courses are offered that introduce the general student to the various fields of the physical sciences, and that offer subject matter concentrations for students preparing for careers in science. The Department also serves students preparing to teach science at the elementary and secondary levels and students preparing for admission to professional schools in the health related fields. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry. Within this degree program, various concentrations are chosen to meet the career objectives of the student.

In addition to baccalaureate degrees, the Department also offers preparation for health-related professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, medical laboratory sciences, dental hygiene, health informatics and information management, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiologic sciences, and veterinary medicine. Degrees in these health professions are awarded by professional schools such as the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi and elsewhere. The Department provides curricula which satisfy the entry requirements for such programs. Students considering these programs are encouraged to follow a course of study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry while meeting the entrance requirement for the chosen professional school. Students interested in any program leading to professional training are urged to consult frequently with the appropriate health professions advisor for current information on entrance requirements for professional schools.