About the Chemistry Program

The chemistry program is designed to provide students with a hands-on approach to learning with modern-day equipment and instrumentation. The curriculum offers three majors that will prepare students for either direct employment after graduation or continued education in graduate school or a health-related profession.

The chemistry department has an academic program approved by the American Chemical Society and offers students who meet the approved requirements an ACS certified degree. 

Students planning a career in chemistry or biochemistry research, or as a professional chemist or biochemist, are strongly encouraged to complete the major approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

ACS Major      Non-ACS Major      Biochemistry Major      Chemistry Minor

Student Research Opportunities

All chemistry students are expected to participate in research and to present their research at regional or national meetings. In the past three years:

  • Over 70 students have participated in research
  • 40 students became co-authors in refereed journals
  • 35 presented their research at national meetings of the American Chemical Society

The research program at Drury University has been nationally recognized with one member of the department being awarded the 1998 ACS national award for excellence in undergraduate research.

Our Facilities

Most chemistry courses are housed in the Trustee Science Center. Our classrooms are well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. More than $500,000 has been spent for equipment in recent years, including:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA)

This equipment is used for laboratory courses and undergraduate research projects.