Department of Chemistry

Dr. Phillip H. Davis, Chair
319C Johnson EPS Building
(901) 587-7450


S.K. Airee, Phillip H. Davis, Jozsef Devenyi, Rosemary I. Effiong, Charles E. Harding, Anthony W. Harmon, Robert L. Hartshorn, William E. Solomons, Charles R. Thomas.

The Department of Chemistry at The University of Tennessee at Martin has a three-fold mission: first, to provide basic instruction to all students at the University in the concepts and methods of this central experimental science within the framework of a traditional liberal education designed to prepare the individual for productive citizenship in the modern world; second, to provide further instruction in basic science as a foundation for those students wishing to pursue professional studies in medicine and the related health sciences; and, third, to provide broadly based opportunities for advanced training for students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry or related professions either upon completion of a bachelor’s degree or following additional advanced study.

A traditional Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry and a minor in a second area (biology, mathematics, physics, geosciences, psychology, etc.) provides an excellent background for students planning careers in medicine or one of the other health sciences, in the emerging field of environmental sciences, or in virtually any technically based area. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, designed to follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the American Chemical Society for a professional degree program in chemistry at the undergraduate level and fully accredited by the ACS, allows students to concentrate their studies in chemistry and mathematics. It is recommended primarily for students with a career interest in chemistry or for students who plan to pursue graduate study in science. Both programs provide a balance between theory and laboratory experience. The department is well equipped with modern chemical instrumentation. Beginning in the sophomore year, students have direct access to and obtain considerable first-hand experience in the use of all of the instrumentation within the department. Research participation by undergraduates is encouraged.

Student Organizations

The University of Tennessee at Martin chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society offers students a varied program of projects, seminars, plant tours, films, and other activities. In each year since 1977 the UT Martin SAACS chapter has been designated an “Outstanding Chapter” by the American Chemical Society, a record unmatched by any other chapter among the over 800 nationwide.

Cooperative Education Program in Chemistry

The five-year Cooperative Education Program, available to students pursuing either degree program in chemistry, offers the student valuable professional experience as preparation for a permanent position or for admission to graduate school as well as a source of income to help finance college expenses. Qualified students admitted to the program alternate semesters at the university with semesters of work. Application for admission should be made during the freshman year. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Chemistry or the Employment Information Services.

Chemistry Major

B.S. Curriculum. Chemistry 121-122 and Chemistry 320 are prerequisites to a major which consists of the following courses: Chemistry 341, 342, 351 or 352, 359, and eight additional hours of upper-division chemistry or biochemistry. Mathematics 251-252 and Physics 211-212, 201-202 or Physics 220-221 are also required. Majors in chemistry must complete a minor or a second major and all general education requirements for the B.S. degree.

B.S. in Chemistry Curriculum (ACS approved major). This curriculum is designed to follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the American Chemical Society for a professional degree program in chemistry at the undergraduate level. The program is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society. Specific course requirements are outlined below. No minor is required.

General Education

English - English 111-112 and six hours chosen from English 250, 251, 260, 261, 270, 271, 325, or Communications 230

Foreign Language - Completion of 115 or 122 in a foreign language (German recommended)

Historical perspective - Completion of six hours chosen from History 121, 122, 201, 202, or Philosophy 110, 120

Humanities and Social Sciences - Completion of 12 hours of courses from those offered in anthropology, art, business law, economics, English, French, geography, German, history, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish

Science and Mathematics - Completion of 12 hours of courses not specified below from those offered in astronomy, biochemistry, biology, botany, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics, zoology


Chemistry 121, 122, 320, 341, 342, 351, 352, 359, 410, 420, 460, and one other course in chemistry or biochemistry numbered 400 or above


Physics 220, 221


Mathematics 251, 252, 310, 320, 330

A total of 130 hours are required for the degree. A maximum of 50 hours of chemistry may be counted toward the 130 hours required for the degree.

Chemistry Minor

Chemistry 121, 122 and Chemistry 320 are prerequisites to a minor, which consists of an additional 11 hours of upper-division chemistry or biochemistry.

Description of Courses