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Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: June Kang @ Innovation Hall 131 and Bull Run Hall 258
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

“Characterization of the Acid-base Properties of Selected Humic Substances and Model Compounds”

Dr. June Kang (GMU)

Please email Dr. You at if you’d like to meet the speaker.

  • General Chemistry I&II: Requests for Overrides

    For Spring 2018 Semester, overrides for Gen Chem I & II (Chem 211/213 and Chem 212/214) will be done in person only during this time:

    Monday – Friday
    Noon – 1:00pm only
    Planetary 303

    Requests for overrides will not be granted by phone, email or outside this time range.

    Enrolling in Gen Chem lecture and lab requires different steps. Try this step:

    In Patriot Web:

     Don’t check the box next to the class CRN# and click Submit.  If you do, it won’t work.

      To enroll, type the CRNs #s for lecture and lab in separate boxes in your worksheetlocated at the bottom of the page, then submit them at the same time.  If you submit them one at a time, one CRN will not be accepted and you’ll get a pre-req registration error message.

    NOTE: Make sure that the class you want to enroll in is not:

    • an Honors class (requires permission)
    • in “controlled” mode
    • have a time conflict with your other classes
  • Dr. Shahamat Khan receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Congratulations to our own, Dr. Shahamat Khan, for being one of the two recipients of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017! Only two persons are recognized during each year for having achieved “career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields”. Dr. Khan is the editor of two journals that have home addresses in our department:

    • Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A; Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B; Pesticides, Food Contaminants, Agricultural Wastes
  • GMU interns featured in APWA magazine

    Aveen Aljazrawi and Sharon Becker interned this summer at the Fairfax County Pollution Control Plant, helping treat 40 million gallons per day. The internship program is lead by Dr. Greg Foster (GMU Chemistry) and Juan Reyes (Fairfax County environmental monitoring chief).

    Read the story in APWA magazine


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Department Overview

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers not only undergraduate programs leading to the BA and BS degree in Chemistry with optional concentrations in Biochemistry, but also a five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree.

Our comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry-related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.

Graduate Programs

The department’s graduate programs provide advanced training for students who are recent college graduates, professionals in teaching, or technical workers in local research organizations. Students select a specialization from the fields of analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, or computational chemistry.

The graduate chemistry courses for these programs are usually offered during the late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of students who are employed full-time.

Graduate fellowships and teaching/research assistantships are available to the most qualified of students.


A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite chemistry courses. Students failing to meet a prerequisite will get a registration error message that reads “PREREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR” when attempting to register for advanced courses.

Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nonlinear Optical Chemistry
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Visitors are always welcome at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: Planetary Hall 303, Fairfax Campus.

Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit the campus; faculty members are happy to discuss academic and career opportunities in Chemistry.

Visit campus to experience the Mason Nation firsthand.

Arrange a department visit by calling the us at 703-993-1070, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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