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May 14, 2019

Congratulations to Spring 2019 Graduates

Congratulations to the graduating class of Spring 2019!!! Your perseverance, dedication, and focus on realizing your vision have paid off!!!

May 14, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Mikell Paige

Congratulations to Dr. Mikell Paige on being granted tenure and promoted to the mark of Associate Professor!!

Mikell Paige, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, COS. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

April 26, 2019

Undergraduate Researcher Mosufa Zainab Wins Research Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Mosufa Zainab and the Couch Lab. Mosufa presented her research poster, “Antibiotic development for two multi drug-resistant bacteria;  Inhibition of Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose 5-Phosphate Reductoisomerase” at the annual COS Undergraduate Research Colloquium.  The presentation went very well and she was named winner of the “College of Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award 2019“.  Earlier during the month of April, Mosfua traveled to Florida with Dr. Robin Couch and lab researchers to present her research at a national scientific meeting.  Congratulations to Mosufa for a job well done and congratulations to Dr. Robin Couch for his steadfast mentorship of her undergraduate research project!!!

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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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