At Austin College, 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 Chemistry department is well equipped with advanced instrumentation typically available only at graduate levels.
Did You Know?
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.
Chemistry Department News
The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Aaron Harrison as our new physical chemist. He completed his doctorate at UC-Berkeley and arrived on campus Fall 2021. Dr. Harrison teaches General Chemistry as well as Quantum Chemistry, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics. Please join us in welcoming him to RooNation!
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 Faculty & Staff
- Dr. Andrew Carr, Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Ryan Felix, Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Karen Glenn, Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Instructor
- Dr. Stephanie Gould, Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Aaron Harrison, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. James Hebda, Associate Professor of Biochemistry
- Ellen Melson, Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Instructor
- Dr. John Richardson, Department Chair/Professor of Biochemistry
- Dr. Bradley Smucker, Professor of Chemistry
- Krista Walton, Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO), Lab/Stockroom Manager, Safety Officer
A computer science and biochemistry major at Austin College, David Savage ’07 earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical Scientist Training Program at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School and the MD Anderson Cancer Center UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Science in 2018. After a two-year residency in internal medicine at the… [Read More]
Arthur Yang graduated in 2015 with a major in Chinese and a minor in chemistry, where he worked in a lab for three years. He currently is a medical student pursuing an MD at UT-Medical Branch in Galveston.
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 Cappella Choir) were… [Read More]