• April 19 2018: STEM Building Conference from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Dr. Kirt Durand - Senior Analytical Chemist - Technology and Engineering sector at Syngenta, Riley, North Carolina.  Read More 
  • April 19 2018: STEM Building Room 213 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM. Dr. Qinglong Jiang - Material Science Division in Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois. Read More 
  • February 22 2018: STEM Building Conference from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Dr. Joshua Sakon - Professor of Biochemistry at University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas. Read More
  • January 18 2018: STEM Building Conference from 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Dr. Alvin Holder - Associate Professor of Chemistry at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Read More


  • Lauren Corby: a graduating senior Physics, was accepted to the PhD program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for Biomedical Material Science in Jackson, Mississippi. Read More.  Read More
  • Tia'James: a 2017 May chemistry graduate, joining medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read More
  • Dr. Aboozar Mosleh: joined the Chemistry and Physics Department as an Assistant Professor of Nanoscience Physics. Read More
  •  Students excel:  Two students are recognized for best presentation of their research at the Annual 2017 Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) conference. Read More

  • Dr. Seyed Amir Ghetmiri: joined the Chemistry and Physics Department as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics. Read More
  • Dr. Daoyuan Wang: has joined the Department of Chemistry and Physics as assistant professor of Chemistry. Read More
  • Dr. Mansour Mortazavi: named the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Read More 
  • Physics Researchers: demonstrate broad range, cost-effective infrared lasers for photonic, medical applications. Read More
  • Jennifer Franklin: Senior Chemistry major accepted into Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD) with a full tuition scholarship. Read More 
  • Jasmine Johnson: a graduating senior recently received an acceptance letter to attend Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More
  • Dr. Peng He:  joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Read More
  • Research Conference: chemistry and physics students excel at the conference and they received both certificates and monetary rewards. Read More
  • Biochemistry Option: The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be offering a new bachelor’s degree in biochemistry beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. Read More
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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. UAPB is a dynamic institution that embodies an ideal academic standard in an ever changing technological world of science. We are in line with the University’s mission and vision and we are in the process of launching new programs for both undergraduate and graduate programs that target new and emerging areas in nanotechnology, nanomaterials, space physics, energy and biomedical physics. Under the supervision of faculty, the department has progressively engaged in various research activities. This has enabled us to post several patents and publications in peer reviewed journals as we continue to explore the area of innovation through the hard work of competent members of staff.  The faculty and staff are excited and ready to serve all students, Pine Bluff community and Arkansans.

Careers in Chemistry

Careers in Physics

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, pharmacology, toxicology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, nanoscience, petroleum research, forensics and laboratory technologist. Engineering, geophysicist/field seismologist, metallurgist, radiation protection practitioner. The strong quantitative skills acquired by physics majors may also qualify them for jobs in the following areas; investment analyst, meteorologist, operational researcher, actuary and systems developer

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The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Physics is to provide basic knowledge of chemical and physical principles, quality science education and training and enriched learning experiences in the disciplines of chemistry and physics. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Physics with options of chemistry or physics or biochemistry or forensic chemistry. These degree options are designed to prepare graduates to work as professional chemists or physicists or biochemist or forensic chemist, or to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.

An enhanced curriculum is available to students preparing for graduate school in the biomedical sciences. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with Endorsement in chemistry is offered for persons preparing to teach chemistry at the high school level. The department also introduced an Associate Degree in Chemistry that is aimed at preparing students for early entry into the job market that include forensic laboratories as well as industrial quality control laboratories. It will also prepare students to continue on towards bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, and physics or enter many allied health programs.


  1. To provide necessary courses and material content in chemistry and physics required for those seeking admission to graduate or professional schools.
  2. To provide the necessary background in the physical sciences for those students preparing to become secondary science teachers.
  3. To service other departments that require courses in the physical sciences as in integral part of their curricula.
  4. To provide general scientific knowledge for non-science majors.
  5. To provide students with the thinking skills necessary in the physical sciences.
  6. To provide continuing educational opportunities for teachers and other professionals requiring advanced courses in the physical sciences.

Department of Chemistry and Physics
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | 1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4941 | Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603
Dr. Grant Wangila, Chairperson | (870) 575-8382 |