Leah Garber | currently in her third year of graduate school at LSU. She is pursuing a PhD in chemistry, and her research involves developing polymeric materials that are biocompatible.
 Ciera Duronslet | Is currently working on her PhD in chemistry at LSU.
Casey Brunet | began working at Cornerstone Chemical as a chemist after graduation.
Corey Thibodaux | a recent chemistry graduate, is now working at Dow as a quality control specialist.


Welcome to the Physical Science Department at Nicholls State University.  We are the home of the Chemistry program. In addition to Chemistry, faculty in our department offer courses in Astronomy, Geology, Physics, and Physical Sciences.

Chemistry is all about matter and the transformations that matter undergoes. Matter is anything that has mass and occupies space. It can be as small as an atom or as large as the biggest bodies in the universe. In short, it’s what makes up the world around us. Chemists study matter wherever it occurs – in both living and nonliving systems. Some chemists study matter that occurs naturally. Other chemists transform matter into new substances that cannot be found in nature. Chemistry is both practical and theoretical at the same time. We study matter because of our innate curiosity and because we can put it to practical use. For more on what chemists do and on careers in chemistry go to www.acs.org

We offer three concentrations within the Chemistry programs

  • Chemistry Professional (CHPR) is for students interested in graduate school and/or careers in the chemical sciences
  • Chemistry Premedical/Predental (CHDM) is for students preparing for medical or dental school.
  • Chemistry Prepharmacy (CHPH) is for students preparing for Pharmacy.

If you are curious about the world around you and are looking for a career where you can use both your head and your hands, accept the challenge and major in Chemistry.



  • March 7, 2017 at 8:32 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!  ...
  • March 7, 2017 at 8:29 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....
  • March 7, 2017 at 8:27 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!  ...
  • August 24, 2016 at 7:03 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....
  • May 18, 2016 at 11:39 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!  ...
  • May 12, 2016 at 10:29 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....
  • March 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    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.  ...
  • August 18, 2015 at 11:44 am
    Professor Uttam Pokharel recently published a paper in Inorganic Chemistry.  The paper deals with the synthesis of metal organic supramolecular hosts to capture small covalent molecular guests. The paper is here....
  • August 15, 2015 at 4:19 am
    The chemistry faculty are celebrating the installation of a powerful new instrument that will allow researchers to study the chemical structure of molecules. The new 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer will be used to study physical, chemical, and biological properties of matter and has applications in many areas of science. The molecules under study are placed in a high magnetic field and exposed to pulses of radio waves.  Specific atomic nuclei then absorb and re-emit radio waves at specific frequencies  The frequency emitted depends upon the electronic environment of each atom and allows scientists to know how the atoms are connected together within the molecule.    The main component of the instrument is a superconducting magnet that is cooled to a bone chilling temperature of 4.2 K (-269 ºC), which is just above the temperature of deep space. Students in chemistry laboratories will gain valuable hands-on experience with a powerful, high-tech instrument that previously was not available to them.  In addition to use in the teaching labs, the instrument will be used by Nicholls State University faculty and students to study the structures of synthesized molecules, such as biomedical polymers and organic solar cells.  Other research will involve studying the structure of catalysts for the synthesis of stereo-specific antitumor drugs and in the identification of the microbial metabolites of pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons and explosives in the environment.  The chemistry degree at Nicholls is accredited by the American Chemical Society and opens…...
  • August 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm
    Kaisa Young and collaborators recently published a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.  The paper, "Young Stellar Objects in the Gould Belt," described protostars in this collection of several molecular clouds (the Gould Belt)....