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Chemistry, The Science of Matter, involves the composition, structure, and behavior of matter.

The purpose of the Department of Chemistry is the advancement, interpretation, dissemination, and preservation of chemical concepts and knowledge. Chemistry itself is the science of the nature, composition, and property of material substances, as well as their transformations and interactions. It is thus basic to natural phenomena and modern technology alike. Chemistry is traditionally divided into five major parts: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.

The principal objectives of the Department of Chemistry are (l) to instruct students in the basic principles and techniques of the various branches of chemistry, (2) to educate students and the general public in the importance of chemistry to the quality of the environment and everyday living, and (3) to engage in research and publication of new scientific information.

The Chemistry Department offers undergraduate programs earning B.S. degrees and a graduate program earning an M.S. degree. Four different undergraduate curricula are available to students according to their individual interests. For details of the M.S. in Chemistry, see the Graduate Catalog. 

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Tennessee State University of Tennessee has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Tennessee State University of Tennessee.

Chemistry B.S. Program is approved by the American Chemical Society-Committee on Professional Training [ACS-CPT])


Dr. Mohammad Karim
Professor and Head
Department of Chemistry
(615) 963-5321

Professor Lonnie Sharpe
Massie Chair of Excellence
College of Life and Physical Sciences
(615) 963-7474

Cassandra Marbury
Administrative Assistant
(615) 963-5501


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