Message from the Department Head

Our Department

I would like to welcome you to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry here at UNCG.  These are truly exciting times for us!  In 2003, we moved into beautiful new research and teaching facilities equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation.  In 2004, the Center for Drug Discovery was instituted at UNCG.  In 2006, the Department started offering a Masters in Biochemistry.   In Fall 2007, we received approval for our Ph.D. program in Medicinal Biochemistry.  This program admitted its first students in Fall 2008.  As you look through our faculty information, you will see that we have a blend of researchers at the Assistant, Associate and Professor levels with exciting research projects.  It has been a priority here at UNCG that these projects involve students at all levels.

The department offers an American Chemical Society certified B.S. in Chemistry with concentrations in chemistry, biochemistry and research, a B.S. in Biochemistry, as well as a B.A. degree in Chemistry.  Research training has always been an important aspect of our undergraduate program.  In recognition of this strength, the department now offers a B.S. in Chemistry with Concentration in Research which allows undergrads to begin their research training in their freshman year under the direction of research faculty, culminating with the preparation of a research thesis in the senior year. We also offer a B.A. in Chemistry with Secondary Teaching Licensure, in which students complete a B.A. degree in Chemistry as well as the requirements necessary to receive licensure for high school chemistry teaching, with student teaching in the last semester of senior year.  A tradition in the department is the specialized training our students receive in seminar, which culminates with each student’s seminar presentation to the entire department in their senior year.

The Department has a well-established Master’s level program that offers an M.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Biochemistry.  These are very well-rounded terminal degree programs. In addition to course-work in core areas of Chemistry or Biochemistry, each program emphasizes training in research by requiring a significant research project with a Master’s thesis under the supervision of a professor. Students also receive experience in professional presentation through the seminar program and attendance at professional meetings to present research results.

Our new Ph.D. program in Medicinal Biochemistry is unique in the state of North Carolina. Target-based rational drug design, with its emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological receptors, is now central to the development of new and more effective pharmaceuticals.  The Ph.D. program in Medicinal Biochemistry at UNCG offers students an innovative curriculum and research environment that emphasizes fundamental biochemical interactions and mechanisms guiding drug design and development.   Students who complete the program will have a strong biochemical perspective on drug design and function and will have specialization in one of three disciplines which connect biochemical interactions with pharmaceutical development:  computational chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry or drug synthesis.

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