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The Department offers Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Physics with options of chemistry or biochemistry or forensic chemistry or physics. These degrees are designed to prepare graduates to work as professional chemists or biochemists or forensic 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 in Science Education Degree- Chemistry is offered for persons preparing to teach at the high school level.  Furthermore, many other career options are available to those obtaining degrees in chemistry, biochemistry or forensics chemistry or physics. Prospective majors should prepare their course of study in consultation with their academic advisor.


This interdisciplinary program offers students a mix of coursework grounded in both chemistry and biology. This curriculum is designed for those students who wish to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry or a professional degree in medicine, pharmacy and other, or work as laboratory biochemists. The program explores the chemical processes and reactions taking place within living organisms at the molecular level by giving emphasizes on molecular approach to the study of biological processes.


The field of chemistry is emerging to meet the demands of the economic future as new technologies and interdisciplinary fields become increasingly important. The Chemistry Degree program helps prepare students for graduate school in chemistry and other professionals that includes Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Biotechnology, in addition to the rapidly growing areas of nano-science, petroleum research, laboratory technologist, forensics and other related fields.

Forensic Chemistry

This degree offers a strong background in chemistry and instrumental analysis in addition to providing good grounding in forensics and criminal justice. Many students select this degree to prepare for entry level positions examining evidence related to crimes or to apply to graduate programs in forensic chemistry or chemistry or professional degree in medicine, pharmacy and other related professionals.


The Physics Program is student-centered and designed to provide students with opportunities and experiences to allow them to pursue future careers in a variety of areas. One of the key tenants of the program is the hands-on emphasis on laboratory experience as well as classroom instruction. This practice is aided by industry-related equipment and techniques.

The field of physics is emerging to meet the demands of the economic future as new technologies and interdisciplinary fields become increasingly important. The Physics Degree program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff helps prepare students for graduate school in physics and other professionals that include Engineering, Geophysicist/field Seismologist, Metallurgist, Radiation Protection Practitioner etc.  Jobs where the physics degree would be useful include: Investment Analyst, Meteorologist, Operational Researcher, Patent Attorney and Systems Developer.

Education Chemistry

This curriculum is offered in cooperation with the School of Education.  It is designed primarily for those wishing to teach chemistry at the high school level. It is designed to develop candidate skills in planning, application and delivery of techniques necessary for teaching chemistry in grades 7-12. It requires field experience of fifteen (15) hours.


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 |