Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our American Chemical Society (ACS) approved program offers the student a variety of opportunities inside the classroom and laboratory. While allowing the student to grow and develop academically, our program also builds on the liberal arts mission of the University of North Georgia. Students may also participate in undergraduate research, field trips, chemistry outreach programs, and service opportunities. All of the campuses provide ample opportunities for students to contribute and connect with the community and profession. Students are actively encouraged to participate in the various clubs and organizations on campus.
The ACS certified Bachelor of Science degree provides concentrations in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, and secondary chemical education certification. In addition, the department offers a dual Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/engineering. Alternatively, students can pursue an Associate Degree in core curriculum with pathway courses related to chemistry, or pre-pharmacy. The chemistry major is ideal for those students who wish to continue with a graduate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, education, engineering or other related field. In addition, many UNG students matriculate to professional schools in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physician assistant, optometry, and others. Having a chemistry degree is also an excellent starting point for entering industry or government service. Chemistry majors take the initial courses in general chemistry and continue with foundational courses in organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry. Upper level advanced courses and research opportunities are also available to complete a degree that fits the specific goals of each student. Graduates are ACS certified and the rate of successful placement in industry, graduate and professional schools has been outstanding.
With a low student-to-faculty ratio, students can obtain personal attention from instructors and develop lifelong relationships with both faculty and staff. While the instruction and program are rigorous, faculty are committed to giving the students every opportunity for success. The department maintains well equipped labs with modern instrumentation. Because of the department’s small size, students get early training and hands-on experience with a variety of instruments. Many UNG students participate in research and students frequently present their research at regional and national conferences.
Please take the opportunity to explore the department’s website and consider the magnificent field of chemistry as an area of study. Visit the campuses and see the opportunities that are available. The faculty and staff are friendly, accessible, and willing to answer questions.John D. Leyba, Ph.D. Professor and Department Head Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry