The Chemistry Department trains students in modern, interdisciplinary chemistry and prepares them for careers in chemistry research, education, and industry, as
well as for further education in chemical, medical, and other health-related fields. 

Chemistry: Faculty and Staff


Mauricio L. Cafiero. 2004. Chair, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research. B.S., University of North Florida; M.A., and Ph.D., University of Arizona. (Physical Chemistry.)
Loretta Jackson-Hayes. 2003. B.S., Tougaloo College; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. (Pharmacology.)
Darlene M. Loprete. 1990. B.A., Clark University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island. (Biochemistry.)
Jon Russ. 2004. B.S., Corpus Christi State University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. (Analytical Chemistry.)

Professor Emeritus

David Y. Jeter. 1973. B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (Inorganic Chemistry.)

Associate Professors

Larryn W. Peterson. 2011. B.A., Carroll College; Ph.D., University of Southern California. (Organic Chemistry.) 
Roberto de la Salud Bea. 2010. B.S. and M.S., University of Valencia, Spain. Ph.D., University of Nebraska. (Organic Chemistry.)

Assistant Professors

Kimberly Brien. 2012. B.S., Texas Lutheran University; M.S., Baylor University; Ph.D.,Texas Christian University. (Organic Chemistry.)
William Eckenhoff. 2015. B.S., Allegheny College; Ph.D. Duquesne University (Inorganic Chemistry).
Dana Horgen. 2014. B.S., Saint Olaf College; Ph.D., Baylor University (Organic Chemistry.)
Dhammika S. Muesse. 2007. B.S. and M.S., University of Colombo; Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Analytical Chemistry.) 
Shana Stoddard. 2015. B.S. Prairie View A&M University; Ph.D. University of Mississippi. (Biochemistry)

Chemistry Storeroom Manager

Jeff R. Goode. B.S., University of Memphis.

Chemistry Instrument Technician and Chemical Safety Officer

Karen Mosely. B.S., University of Memphis; M.S. University of Memphis.

The Department is certified by the American Chemical Society as complying with its requirements for the professional training of chemists.

Honors in Chemistry

  1. Courses required: those listed for the B.S. degree as well as Chemistry 495 and 496.
  2. An original investigation of some problem in chemistry or biochemistry, usually related to research being carried on by a member of the department, is required. A creditable thesis must be presented at the end of the project. The honors project and its outcome must be approved by the student’s Honors Committee.
  3. A public presentation on the honors work is required by the department.

Requirements for Certification by the American Chemical Society

  1. Chemistry 211, 240 and 240L, 311, 408, 414 - these serve as the foundation courses. Then the in-depth courses are 212 and 212L, 312 and 312L, 406 and 415.
  2. Physics 109-110, or 111-112; 113L-114L.
  3. Mathematics 122.
  4. Chemistry 485 or 486 or 415.
  5. At least 4 credit hours of research (Chem 451 and/or 452.)

Requirements for a Major in Chemistry Leading to the B.S. Degree

  1. Chemistry 120, 125, 211-212, 212L, 240 and 240L 311-312, 312L,and at least 2 additional courses from the following list: 206, 406, 408, 414, 416, 422, 451-452 (total of four credits.)
  2. Physics 109-110 or 111-112; 113L-114L.
  3. Mathematics 122.
  4. Chemistry 485,486 or 415.

These requirements may be tailored to suit the interests and goals of the student. Some suggestions include:

  1. Chemistry graduate school: 406, 408, 414, 451-452.
  2. Biochemistry graduate school in a chemistry department: 414, 416, 451 452. (Note: students interested in graduate biochemistry may also wish to consider the Biochemistry-Molecular Biology major.)

Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry

The minor in Chemistry consists of 6 courses: 120, 211, 212, 240, and 2 additional courses: one must be at least 300-level, and the other may be at the 200-level or above. The final two courses must be at least 4-credit courses.

There are also three required lab courses:125, 240L, and 212L.

Science is increasingly interdisciplinary. Students who wish to pursue careers and/or further study in biology, neuroscience, environmental science, physics or other sciences may see the need to have a firm background in chemistry as well. By declaring a minor, students work with a minor-advisor who will help these students find and define a course of study that can complement their future plans. Students looking to pursue a career in patent or intellectual property or patent law can also benefit by having a chemistry minor.

Requirements for a major in Chemistry, Drug Design track

This major track may be of interest to students interested in a career in pharmaceutical or medicinal chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, or other health professions. Many of the faculty members in the Chemistry department conduct research in this area (6 of the 10 faculty in the department) and so we have research opportunities for students who want to pursue this major.

1. Chem 120/125: Foundations of Chemistry and Lab; Chem 211 and 212/212L: Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab; Chem 240/240L: Analytical Chemistry with lab; Chem 311 and 312/312L: Physical Chemistry I and II and Lab; Chem 414: Biochemistry; Chem 411: Medicinal and Computational Chemistry with lab; Chem 416: Mechanisms of Drug Action; and Chem 415: Advanced Biochemistry

2. Math 122: Integral Calculus

3. Phys: 109/110 or 111/112 with labs: Physics I and II and Labs