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Department of Chemistry & Physics


The Department of Chemistry & Physics is among the newest departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, evolving from the former Department of Natural Sciences, which also included the division of Biology. Effective FY 2015-16, the new Department of Chemistry & Physics within the College of Arts & Sciences at Clayton State University delivers instruction in chemistry, physics, and physical science education and is responsible for the following programs and courses:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry
  • Minors in Chemistry and Physics
  • Area D courses in the Core Curriculum.
  • Service courses that support Teacher Education, Integrative Studies, Allied Health and Professional Studies and that may serve other programs as general electives.
  • Courses that support a variety of pre-professional programs of study for transfer to another university (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-engineering, and pre-veterinary medicine).

Why major in Chemistry?

In 2010, Clayton State University began offering a B.S. degree in Chemistry. The chemistry major is designed to meet the admissions standards and requirements of graduate and professional programs and to prepare students for a variety of careers. Along with providing a required core of classes in chemistry, the program includes a rigorous background in physics and mathematics that will allow our students to succeed in their chosen career. Upper-level students choose chemistry electives and directed electives, allowing them to take courses that are appropriate for their career goals and/or earn a minor in another discipline. In addition, all students earning the Chemistry degree participate in experiential learning (internships or independent research projects) with faculty. As our society becomes increasingly technological, career opportunities for individuals with science degrees will continue to increase. Students majoring in chemistry can work in a number of areas, including government agencies and law enforcement. The major also prepares the student for further education in pursuit of graduate degrees or professional degrees in chemical-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensic science, environmental science, and many more!

Why minor in Chemistry?

The Chemistry Minor is designed to give students a deeper appreciation of chemistry and its varied applications. A minor in chemistry is an excellent opportunity for mathematics, biology, or other majors to take additional upper-level courses in chemistry and discover how chemistry relates to your major discipline. Earning a chemistry minor prepares you for a variety of careers in the sciences. The chemistry minor will supplement your major with additional hands-on skills to make you more marketable to industry. In addition, graduate schools will appreciate the additional course-work in advanced chemical topics and the experiences and knowledge gained from those classes will improve your success in professional schools


Dr. Cass Parker
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Physics
(678) 466-4788

Minnette Gordon
Administrative Assistant
Department of Chemistry & Physics
(678) 466-4785