CHEMISTRY & PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Welcome to Nicholls Chemistry & Physical Sciences
With concentrations available in professional chemistry, pre-med and pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, biochemistry and chemistry education, Nicholls State University is an ideal place to learn chemistry with its outstanding faculty and modern facilities. Undergraduate students participate in research with faculty, co-author papers, and present research at conferences. The program prepares students to work as chemists, doctors, dentists, teachers, pharmacists, and biochemists. Nicholls chemistry graduates are regularly accepted to graduate school and are highly sought after on the job market.
Thanks to Nicholls Chemistry, I was able to spend the summer in Russia studying microorganisms in permafrost, as part of a competitive undergraduate research program. It has given me experience and made me see what direction I want to go in after undergrad.
Nicholls chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, which opens the door for graduate schools and careers in industry and teaching.
The Department of Physical Sciences offers courses in astronomy, chemistry, geology, physical science and physics and a Bachelor of Science (B. S.) degree in Chemistry with concentrations in the following:
- Professional (CHPR)
- Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental (CHDM)
- Pre-Pharmacy (CHPH)
- Biochemistry (CHBC)
- Chemical Sciences (CHSC)
- Chemistry Education (CHED)
The department also offers one non-degree program:
Pre-Optometry is a two-year non-degree program that prepares a student to enter a school of optometry. Each pre-optometry student will follow the first two years of the chemistry curriculum with appropriate substitutions as approved by the advisor and the head of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences. Most schools of optometry recommend that the student complete three or four years of undergraduate study prior to admission. The typical school of optometry prefers the student with the baccalaureate degree.
FACILITIES AND FEATURES
Two computer labs for class use. One has 24 desktop computers, and the other has 8. Students have access to Spartan Student Edition on these computers.
Yusheng Dou is a world-renown computational chemist. He regularly has outside researchers come to collaborate.
The STEM education journal club brings together faculty to discuss current research in teaching and learning as well as to swap ideas about what works in the classroom.
Generally, we have 4 outside speakers per semester.