Chemistry and Physics Department
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Robert Magruder (chair), Lauren Beihoffer*, W. David Driskill (professor emeritus), Kimberlee Daus, Scott Hawley, Alison Moore, Rachel Rigsby, Stephen Robinson, Christian Thomas, Ahad Nasab*, Justin Stace.
The vision of the Chemistry and Physics Department is to provide our students with the skills and knowledge to engage in a life-long inquiry into physical phenomena. Such an experience includes preparation for additional formal study, for career opportunities, and for a reflective and meaningful life.
The purpose of the Chemistry and Physics Department is to provide students with a variety of academically challenging educational experiences that enhance their understanding of the physical world and their relation to it.
The curriculum of the Chemistry and Physics Department has the following objectives:
- To prepare students for graduate study and/or professional studies.
- To prepare students for employment in positions related to their major fields of study.
- To prepare students for teaching positions at the middle school and secondary school levels.
- To enhance the understanding and appreciation that students have of the impact that science has on their daily lives.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers programs of study leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Science and Engineering Management.
The chemistry and physics degree programs offer a balanced presentation of theory and application. Two degree programs in chemistry are offered: (1) A Professional Chemistry Major for students who plan to attend graduate school and/or seek employment in the industry, and (2) A Chemistry Major for the Health Sciences designed for students interested in premedical and para-medical fields. Two programs of study in physics are also available: (1) a Physics Major for students who plan to attend graduate school, seek employment in industry, or teach physics at the secondary school level, and (2) an Engineering Physics Major for those interested in the area of applied physics and/or plan to attend graduate school in engineering.
The Medical Imaging Technology Program, offered in conjunction with the School of Allied Health of Vanderbilt University, includes preparation in nuclear medicine, x-ray technology, and radiation physics, and offers clinical laboratory experiences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.