Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics

UAPB is a dynamic institution that embodies an ideal academic standard in an ever-changing world of science and technology. We are in line with the University’s mission and vision and we are in the constant process of revising our curricula in order to prepare our students for the emerging areas in nanotechnology, nanomaterials, space physics, energy and biomedical sciences. Under the supervision of faculty, the department has progressively engaged in various research activities. This has enabled our faculty to secure several patents and many publications in peer reviewed journals. 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 separate Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics. These degrees are designed to prepare graduates to work as professional chemists or physicists, 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 General Science Education with emphasis in Physical and Earth Sciences is offered for persons preparing to teach chemistry and physics at the high school level.


  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, Interim Chairperson | (870) 575-8382 | wangilag@uapb.edu