The Department of Chemistry at Austin College is composed of eight full-time chemistry faculty, three laboratory coordinators, and one instrument technician. The faculty's expertise includes all branches of modern chemistry: Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. The courses offered by the Chemistry Department prepare students for immediate employment in chemistry, for further education in graduate school, or for health science and other technical careers. Austin College appears in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2017.
Did You Know?
All Chemistry Majors participate in research during their studies at Austin College.
The department is well equipped with modern instrumentation essential to teaching and research.
The Department of Chemistry has one of the highest percentages of successfully completed chemistry majors in the state of Texas and graduates between ten to fifteen majors per year in either Chemistry or Biochemistry. The Biochemistry program in particular has grown in strength and number of majors in recent years.
Our Chemistry majors have participated in 103 professional poster and oral presentations in the past ten years at prestigious regional and national meetings, including the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition and the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting.
The Chemistry Department program has been recognized by the American Chemical Society as meeting the national standards for the training of chemists. The chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society and is rated as one of the strongest departments on campus. A major desiring certification by the American Chemical Society should make program plans early in the college career. Contact Brad Smucker, Chemistry Department Chair, for specific requirements to achieve this goal.
The chemistry faculty has always viewed themselves as "professional chemists who teach" as evidenced by their vigorous research programs supported by external and internal grants. They also teach a variety of courses outside their core areas of expertise: Natural Science Courses for the non-science student, a freshman seminar program; Integrated Science Courses examining broader philosophical and societal aspects of science; and finally January Term courses that offer exciting opportunities for travel and/or expression of other interests in medicinal chemistry, art and chemistry, archaeology and chemistry, energy and chemistry, and the history/philosophy of chemistry.
January Term classes offered by the department include:
Going Green in Europe-An international travel JanTerm taught by Dr. Ryan Felix with Dr. Audrey Flemming from the Political Science Department. Students travel to Scotland, Denmark, and Germany to explore renewable energy technology and policies in Europe, and the governmental initiatives that support their research and use.
Prohibition Not Inhibition-This on-campus JanTerm course taught by Dr. James Hebda explores the chemistry and biology that make brewing possible through lab and non-lab based inquiry. Homebrewing methods are contrasted to processes employed at different scale breweries. Diverse beer styles will be compared by experience and analysis of ingredients. The course includes two field trips to a local brewery and a local distillery.
Meet the Chemistry Department Faculty & Staff
- Janet Boston, Laboratory Manager
- Dr. Andrew Carr, Associate Professor
- Dr. Ryan Felix, Assistant Professor
- Karen Glenn, Chemistry Lab Coordinator
- Dr. Stephanie Gould, Associate Professor
- Dr. James Hebda, Assistant Professor
- Dr. Karla McCain, Professor
- Dr. John Richardson, Associate Professor
- Dr. Bradley Smucker, Department Chair/Professor
- Dr. Lindsay Zack, Assistant Professor
Tatjana received her B.A. in Chemistry from Austin College. She went on to the University of North Texas, Health Science Center to earn her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry. She is currently employed by Thermo Fisher Scientific as a Training Instructor. “During my tenure at Austin College, I learned that it is okay to… [Read More]
After graduation from Austin College, Tamir attended the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) in 2013. He then went on to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to earn his MD (Doctor of Medicine) in 2016. He currently serves as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery… [Read More]
After graduation from Austin College, Richa attended Texas A&M University and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry. She is currently employed by the University of St. Thomas as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. “My experiences outside the classroom (i.e., research in the Chemistry Department, January Terms abroad, A Capella Choir) were… [Read More]
- IDEA Center
- American Chemical Society
- Summer Internships & Grad School Links
- Department of Energy - Summer 2017 Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) (deadline March 20, 2017)
- University of Pittsburgh - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (SURF Pitt 2017) (Selection begins Feb 23, 2017)