Chemistry & Physics

Studying chemistry and physics is all about seeking to understand the matter and laws that govern nature and life. Understanding these scientific areas and the processes that define them is a valuable area of study and can lead to a number of specialized and high-demand careers. Chemists, medical professionals, forensic scientists, nanotechnology specialists, and even chefs can all benefit from the study of chemistry.

Lincoln University Chemistry and Physics Department offers a range of classes that provide a solid foundation of scientific knowledge you'll be able to put to good use in a professional or graduate school setting. We offer Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees—certified by the American Chemical Society—in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and pre-professional studies in chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, and environmental science. Chemists, medical professionals, forensic scientists, nanotechnology specialists, and even chefs can all benefit from the study of chemistry.

We also offer a BS and BA degree in physics, in a program designed to prepare you to understand essential concepts in science, engineering, and technology. With a strong foundation in math and scientific principles, this degree can prepare you for careers in engineering, industry, aerodynamics, and more. We also offer an engineering science BS degree if you're looking to put your study of science to practical use.

Learn more about our program and the classes we offer in the current academic year course catalog.

In the chemistry and physics department, you'll study alongside passionate students and learn from a dedicated and highly qualified faculty who are eager to share their passion for these scientific fields. The interests of our faculty include the traditional sub-disciplines of Analytical, Physical, Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry.

Many of the graduates from our department hold important job positions in the government, the sciences, academia, and several different industries. After you graduate, you'll be ready to take your place among them and use what you've learned to build your own career and impact your community.

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The overall mission of the Department of Chemistry is to prepare chemistry majors for graduate school, medical school, other professional schools, and industry, thereby increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in these areas. The Department of Chemistry offers a diversity of courses that are structured to educate students who have varied interests and backgrounds in science. The courses range from Introduction to Chemistry, which serves as a university core course, to Instrumental Analysis, which is one of the department's capstone courses. The department is proactive in providing students with the resources and opportunities to enhance their educational training. Those resources and opportunities include the following:

  1. Supplemental Instruction: SI is a program offered through the Dean's Office that focuses on near-peer tutoring and after-class instruction.
  2. Undergraduate Research: Students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research experiences, on and off-campus, during the academic and summer semesters.
  3. Technology: The classrooms are equipped with SMART Technologies enabling faculty to use nontraditional teaching techniques to augment the student's learning experience.
  4. Small Class Size and One-on-One instruction: The small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to receive individualized instruction.
  5. Professional Development Activities: Students have opportunities to participate in Graduate School Workshops; Attendance and presentation of summer research at scientific conferences; Participation in Lincoln University's Annual Research Symposium; Participation in research seminars from off-campus researchers.
  6. GRE, MCAT, DAT, Preparation: There are resources to pay for students to participate in courses offered by Princeton Review and Kaplan in preparation for the respective standardized exam.

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Chemistry and Physics Department
Phone: 484-365-7471
Fax: 484-365-7883
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 316

Dr. Carla Gallagher
Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: 484-365-7642
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 313

Melanie E. Murray
Department Assistant, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: 484-365-7471
Ivory V. Nelson Science Center, Room 316