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January 28, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Jones on logging another publication for the academic year.  The article, “Recruiting and Enrolling Rural Students:  A Model for Increasing Diversity in STEM”, is about the RADSS program, which was created from an NSF S-STEM grant.

January 24, 2020
Congratulations to John Shea on getting his first journal article published and being listed as first author.
Congratulations to Dr. Chao Luo for accepting the invitation from the editors to write the article, then guiding John Shea through the rigors and mechanics of the process.  The review article, “Organic Electrode Materials for Metal Ion Batteries”, can be accessed using the following link. 
John Shea is a first-year M.S. student working with Dr. Luo. He completed his B.S. in Chemistry at GMU and immediately enrolled in the M.S. program.  He is off to a great start!!!!!
January 21, 2020

Congratulations to Nadiatou Miningou on getting her first journal article published

The review article, “The road to ERK activation:  Do neurons take alternate routes?”, can be accessed using the following link.

Nadia is working with Dr. Kim Blackwell at the Krasnow Institute.  She also placed 3rd in a regional poster presentation competition at the end of Spring 2019 and presented a talk at a national conference in Chicago during Fall 2019. In addition, she successfully defended her dissertation proposal and advanced to candidacy at the end of Fall 2019.   Dr. Barney Bishop is Chair of her dissertation committee.

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

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 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, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, 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.

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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.

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Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental/Aquatic Chemistry
  • Environmental Molecular Biology
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organic Materials & Polymer Chemistry
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
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