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Mission and Vision


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides professionally certified bachelors of science degrees as well as terminal masters degrees in chemistry and in biochemistry. Our faculty are dedicated to maintaining excellence in education and research to serve the people of Texas and beyond. The department fosters innovative research programs that expand knowledge through discovery and development, actively contribute to the broader scientific community, and address critical global needs. We are committed to the professional development and mentoring of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be a leader in research and the integrative training of students at all degree levels by building on pedagogical strengths and emerging research themes. Education and research will engage and elevate the burgeoning growth in our local, state, and global communities. We will develop progressive pedagogies to train students in contemporary theories, methods, and instrumentation while preparing them to be life-long learners who will thrive in an ever-changing world. Teacher-scholars will direct innovative, externally-funded research programs as we pursue the creation of a vibrant doctoral program that fosters scientific leadership.