Welcome to Nicholls Chemistry!


REU Students| Alexandra Aucoin, Brennan Curole, and Cyrus Picou all just returned from wonderful Research Experiences for Undergraduate programs.
Courtney Beamer| has just begun pharmacy school at Xavier.
Alyssa Griffin | began working at Stennis Space Center as a materials Chemist
Bijeta Prasai| has completed her PhD at LSU and is beginning an NIH postdoc.
Corey Thibodaux | a recent chemistry graduate, is now working at Dow as a quality control specialist.

Nicholls State University is an ideal place to learn chemistry with its outstanding faculty and modern facilities.

• Concentrations available in professional chemistry, pre-med and pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and biochemistry.
• Undergraduate students participate in research with faculty, co-author papers, and present research at conferences.
• Nicholls chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, which opens the door for careers in industry, teaching and graduate schools.
Located near the Mississippi River, Nicholls is positioned near one of the highest concentrations of chemical plants in the world. Small class-size
and hands-on use of world-class instruments.
• Prepares students to work as chemists, doctors, dentists, pharmacists
and biochemists.
• Nicholls chemistry graduates are regularly accepted to graduate school
and are highly sought after on the job market.




  • October 23, 2017 at 8:22 am
    Derek Daigle, a pre-pharmacy senior in Nicholls Chemistry, presented his research at the local meeting of the American Chemical Society.  He earned second place in the poster competition!  Great job Derek!  We are very proud of you!...
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:53 am
    Come see Nicholls Chemistry alum Dr. Bijeta Prasai at our department seminar in Beauregard 104....
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:52 am
    Freshmen, don’t forget you are required to attend these super-fun meetings!  Other chemistry majors will be present to help you learn all the ins and outs of the department....
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:52 am
    Courtney Beamer, a Nicholls Chemistry student, has been accepted to Xavier’s College of Pharmacy! She begins studies there in Fall 2017. Great job Courtney! Nicholls Chemistry grads change the world!  ...
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:52 am
    Dr. Marlow studied the luminescent properties of sugar glass, a transparent material made of glucose. He learned a lot about molecular interactions within the glass matrix.   His paper is in the recent issue of Journal of Luminescence....
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:51 am
    Physics professors at Nicholls, Drs. Chad & Kaisa Young, just published a paper in The Physics Teacher.  They developed activities physics faculty can use at the Rec Center.  Check out Kaisa showing a vector diagram and components of forces on the hack squat!  ...
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:50 am
    Chemistry Students and Faculty take the Chemistry Road Show to Hahnville High School   On Friday, May 13th, 2016 students in the Chemistry club and chemistry faculty spent the day at Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana.   11th grade students in Ms. Grunblatt’s Chemistry I classes learned about some of the exciting things that chemists do.     Students participated in hands on activities such as the analysis of vinegar by titration, spectroscopic analysis of atoms and molecules, gas chromatography,  polymer synthesis and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen (yum yum)!     Scott Hutchinson, Lauren Luce, Dr. Cortez, Dr. Marlow, Mrs. Wayment. and Dr. Wayment all assisted with the project. Dr. Cortez teaches about polymers and later on liquid nitrogen ice cream. Mrs. Wayment demonstrates how to do a titration. Dr. Matt Marlow and Scott Hutchinson demonstrate the use of spectroscopy for spectrochemical analysis. Scott Hutchison demonstrates the properties of liquid nitrogen....
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:50 am
    Scott Hutchinson graduated with highest honors at the recent May 2016 commencement.  Scott will continue his chemistry studies in the PhD program at Oklahoma State in fall of 2016.  Congratulations Scott!  ...
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:49 am
      Bijeta Prasai, 2012 chemistry graduate, earned the 2016 Dissertation Year Fellowship from LSU. Ms. Prasai is currently developing oxidoreductase-facilitated visualization and detection of human cancer cells.     Leah Garber, 2010 chemistry graduate, earned the LSU Polymer Chemistry Award.  Ms. Garber is currently developing polymeric materials that are biocompatible and has published five journal articles on the topic....
  • September 14, 2017 at 8:47 am
    Four chemistry students recently presented their research results at the 11th Annual Research Week held on the Nicholls campus from February 29th – March 3rd. Courtney Beamer, Michael Kramer, Shane Swan and Cyrus PIcou each presented posters on a variety topics, ranging from environmental chemistry to molecular modeling.   Courtney Beamer showcased her work in developing liquid phase microextraction for the detection of polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds in Bayou Lafourche.  Many of these compounds are carcinogenic and pose a health hazard. Michael Kramer investigated the presence of inorganic pollutants in Bayou Lafourche using the newly acquired ion chromatogaph.  This instrument is capable of measuring ions and carbohydrates on the order of parts per million or lower. Shane Swan presented his results of investigations of organic pollutants in Bayou Lafourche.  He used the newly acquired gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer (GC-MS) to identify compounds related to the weathering of oil from oil spills. Cyrus Picou investigated the use of molecular modeling techniques to develop a simple model that allows the prediction of physical properties of hydrocarbons based on calculated molecular surface areas and volumes.  ...