We offer hands-on experience where students are paired with professors in innovative laboratories and academic settings. Offering American Chemical Society (ACS) certification, our program prepares students for rewarding futures in chemistry and biochemistry. The department is well equipped with advanced instrumentation typically available only at graduate levels.
Did You Know?
The Department of Chemistry has the highest percentage of successfully completed chemistry majors in the state of Texas per capita (source data: American Chemical Society).
Our Chemistry majors have made contacts and presented over 100 professional posters in the past ten years at regional and national meetings, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), National Meeting & Exposition, and the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting.
Students receive hands-on experience with close guidance and support from Ph.D. mentors.
Just imagine working with advanced instrumentation that is typically available only at graduate levels.
Our nationally recognized program offers certification by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Contact the department chair Brad Smucker, for specific requirements to achieve a major with ACS certification.
The chemistry faculty are "professional chemists who teach" as evidenced by their vigorous research programs supported by external and internal grants. In addition to chemistry research, integrated courses are offered that examine broader philosophical and societal aspects of science. January Term offers exciting opportunities for travel and opportunities to explore chemistry paired with art, sociology, archaeology, energy and environmental science.
January Term classes offered by the department include:
An international and interdisciplinary JanTerm. Students traveled to Scotland, Denmark, and Germany to explore renewable energy technology and policies in Europe, and the governmental initiatives that support their research and use.
An on-campus JanTerm course taught by Dr. James Hebda, included visits to a local brewery and a local distillery. This course explored the chemistry and biology that makes brewing possible through laboratory and non-lab based inquiry. Students conducted experiments on chemical analysis of brewing ingredients.
Meet the Chemistry Department Faculty & Staff
- Janet Boston, Laboratory Manager
- Dr. Andrew Carr, 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
- Ellen Melson, Chemistry Lab Coordinator
- 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]