Department of Chemistry and Physics

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UAPB Leads a $5 Million Grant from NSF for Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) Program

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We have state-of-the-art equipment that supports student and faculty research opportunities.


We are a partner institution in a $5 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) Program.


We award more than $50,000 annually to students studying chemistry and physics.


Our students are prepared to enter rewarding and challenging fields such as medicine, physical therapy, pharmacology, toxicology, biotechnology, nanoscience, petroleum research, and laboratory technologists.

Degree Options

  • Associate Degree of Science (Chemistry)
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs
    • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Physics (Biochemistry)

      This interdisciplinary program offers students a mix of coursework grounded in both chemistry and biology. This curriculum is designed for those students who wish to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry or a professional degree in medicine, pharmacy and other, or work as laboratory biochemists. The program explores the chemical processes and reactions taking place within living organisms at the molecular level by giving emphasizes on molecular approach to the study of biological processes.

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    • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Physics (Chemistry)

      The field of chemistry is emerging to meet the demands of the economic future as new technologies and interdisciplinary fields become increasingly important. The Chemistry Degree program helps prepare students for graduate school in chemistry and other professionals that includes Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Biotechnology, in addition to the rapidly growing areas of nano-science, petroleum research, laboratory technologist, forensics and other related fields.

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      Education Chemistry

      This curriculum is offered in cooperation with the School of ducation.  It is designed primarily for those wishing to teach chemistry at the high school level. It is designed to develop candidate skills in planning, application and delivery of techniques necessary for teaching chemistry in grades 7-12. It requires field experience of fifteen (15) hours.

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    • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Physics (Forensic Chemistry)

      This degree offers a strong background in chemistry and instrumental analysis in addition to providing good grounding in forensics and criminal justice. Many students select this degree to prepare for entry level positions examining evidence related to crimes or to apply to graduate programs in forensic chemistry or chemistry or professional degree in medicine, pharmacy and other related professionals. Curriculum Plan

    • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Physics (Physics)

      The Physics Program is student-centered and designed to provide students with opportunities and experiences to allow them to pursue future careers in a variety of areas. One of the key tenants of the program is the hands-on emphasis on laboratory experience as well as classroom instruction. This practice is aided by industry-related equipment and techniques. The field of physics is emerging to meet the demands of the economic future as new technologies and interdisciplinary fields become increasingly important. The Physics Degree program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff helps prepare students for graduate school in physics and other professionals that include Engineering, Geophysicist/field Seismologist, Metallurgist, Radiation Protection Practitioner etc.  Jobs where the physics degree would be useful include: Investment Analyst, Meteorologist, Operational Researcher, Patent Attorney and Systems Developer.

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    • Bachelor of Science – Chemistry & Physics (Nanoscience)

      Nanoscience is an interdisciplinary field that involves physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, with different focuses on nanoscience and technology such as nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and nanochemistry. This new option is the best preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in nanotechnology and state-of-the-art technologies by providing them with a foundation in multidisciplinary areas of nanoscale science and engineering, and even careers in health. Students will be trained both on theoretical, computational, and experimental analysis of science at the nanoscale level. Nanoscience is widely used in our daily life, such as targeted drug delivery/release, micro/nanoelectronics, construction, environment protection, energy applications, and many others.

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  • Graduate Degree Programs
    • Master of Education (Secondary Education-General Science)

      The primary aim of graduate studies is the advanced preparation of students in the field of chemistry. The Division is coordinated by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. The Graduate Council has legislative authority for the entire process and has designated and specified advisory responsibilities for all graduate programs. The curricula for Master of Education degrees include courses in both professional education and subject matter areas. A total of 36 hours of study is required for program completion. Candidates must complete a 12-hour professional education core, a 9 hour required specialization core, a 12 hour chemistry concentration, and a 3 hour (minimum) educational foundation elective. A written comprehensive examination in the chemistry specialization and the professional education core and/or electives is required. Advanced candidates seeking licensure must also complete the SOE portfolio, courses in Behavior Management and Arkansas History, and the student teaching experience.

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University of Arkansas Pine Bluff