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EMU ROTC Scholarship Available

There is a two-year scholarship available to cover the last two years of schooling for a student pursuing a STEM major who will agree to accept an Army commission upon graduation.  The specifics, and contact information, is in the document available at this link.  The deadline is July 31, 2017.

Course Number Changes

Effective Fall 2017, the numbers are changing for CHEM 281 and CHEM 381W.

CHEM 281, Introduction to Analytical Chemistry, is being split into two separate courses, CHEM 283 (lecture) and CHEM 284 (lab).  CHEM 283 and 284 are corequisites (must be taken at the same time) and, combined, will substitute for CHEM 281 on any Chemistry/Biochemistry major or minor.

CHEM 381W, Instrumentation for Chemical Technology, is being renumbered as CHEM 383W and has been changed from a 2-credit course to a 3-credit course.  Anyone needing CHEM 381W for their program, should now take CHEM 383W instead.  Posted 2/13/17.

Upcoming Seminars

All departmental seminars are on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. in room 156 Science Complex, unless specified otherwise.

Thursday, June 20 from 2:30-4:00 pm, atrium basement, SSRI poster session.

For a complete listing of departmental seminars, click the link to our Seminars page.

Registration Questions?

See our advising page for useful information and a list of departmental advisers that you can contact.  We also have a list of frequently encountered registration errors and how to handle them.

Prerequisites are routinely enforced for Chemistry Department courses and can be found in the catalog.  The goal of prerequisites is to ensure that students have the proper background to succeed in a course.  If you have taken the required prerequisite at another accredited college or university, you can contact a departmental adviser to get it verified and permission to register.  If you are missing a prerequisite, you can ask to have it waived, but these requests are rarely approved.  So, plan your schedule carefully.  See the Advising or Programs & Courses links for helpful information such as the normal course scheduling pattern and flowcharts showing the normal sequencing of courses for each major and minor.

Fall Tutoring Schedule

Departmental tutoring programs are not available during the summer, but they will resume at the start of Fall Semester

Many of the Chemistry Department faculty, as well as selected upper-level or graduate students, volunteer to staff the departmental tutoring room.  Tutors are available approximately 10-12 hours per week in room 543 Science Complex.  The schedule for Fall Semester will be posted shortly after the beginning of the term and will be available by clicking on the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

All CHEM 115, 117, 121 and 123 students are invited to free drop-in collaborative study sessions every Monday evening from 7-9 pm in Science Complex Room 241.  Chemistry faculty and graduate students will be there to facilitate the sessions.  Click here to see the advertising flyer or here to go to their website.  Sponsored by the CSIE program.  Updated 5/29/17.

Careers in Chemistry

If you are wondering what you can do with a chemistry degree, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has a lot of information available on its website. Follow this link to


This site includes profiles and videos of chemists working in a number of different careers.

The ACS has recently launched a second career planning website geared more towards graduate students, although it is also useful for undergraduates.  Follow this link to


Links to Library Resources

On the Student Resources page (see main menu at the left), we have links to several webpages hosted by the EMU library. These webpages contain links to sites useful for searching for chemical databases, journals, or educational materials.

Upcoming Events

See the Calendar of Events for additional information about annual department events.

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

Click on the links in the left-hand menu to obtain a lot of useful, up-to-date information.  Department contact information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Recent Chemistry Department News

Dr. James Grinias The EMU Alumni Association has recognized Dr. James Grinias as recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award at this year's awards ceremony.  Dr. Grinias received his bachelor's degree in Professional Chemistry from EMU in 2009.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.  Click here to read more about Dr. Grinias. Posted 6/30/17.

Rae Albaugh and mother The Chemistry Department celebrates the growth of our department family via the birth of Raegan Eun "Rae" Albaugh.  Rae was born on May 8th at 9:50 pm and came in at 6 lbs, 9 oz and 21 inches.  Our congratulations go to the happy parents, Brittany and Travis.  All are doing well.  Posted 6/1/17.

Brandie Yambrosic 54 Chemistry Students Present at the Undergraduate Symposium and the Graduate Research Conference.  At this year's EMU Graduate Research Conference, held on March 24, there were 10 presentations sponsored by the Chemistry Department representing the work of 11 chemistry students.  Click here to see pictures and a listing of all of the Chemistry Department Graduate
Research Conference presentations.
  At the Undergraduate Symposium, on March 31, the Chemistry Department sponsored 33 presentations involving 43 undergraduate students.  Click here to see pictures and a listing of all of the Chemistry Department Undergraduate Symposium presentations.  Updated 5/19/17.

This year's Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI) kicked off on May 16 with a series of brief student presentations describing the work that the students are pursuing this summerFollow this link to see the full schedule of SSRI events this summer.  Alternately, visit the SSRI facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/summerscienceresearchinitiative).  Updated 5/24/17.

Cover of Ceramics Professor Ruth Ann Armitage and colleagues have been analyzing historic glue residues on ceramics excavated from Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of George Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Results of this project were recently published in the well-respected and widely read book Ceramics in America as the chapter titled “Mary Washington’s Mended Ceramics: A Study of Eighteenth-Century Glues” with co-authors Mara Kaktins and Melanie Marquis of the George Washington Foundation, and Daniel Fraser of Lourdes University.  This collaborative research project will be shared with visitors to Ferry Farm through an interactive experience where living history interpreters will make glues from historic recipes and mend pottery with the public in the newly reconstructed Washington house there.  Posted 4/27/17.

Dr. Ross Nord Professor Ross Nord is selected as Honors College Distinguished Faculty of the Year.  Each year the Honors College students identify two professors whom they would like to honor as their Distinguished Faculty of the Year.  Dr. Nord was presented with his award at the Honors College Awards Ceremony on March 28. Accepting the award, he noted that he taught his first Honors class in 1988, before most of today's students were born.  He also spoke about how it is the EMU students who continue to motivate him to be the best instructor he can be.  Posted 4/3/17.

Dr. Amy JohnsonEMU and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have formed a partnership to develop STEM activities geared toward elementary-aged children and their families.  Professor Amy Johnson is leading this new and exciting initiative to provide informal science education opportunities to the Ypsilanti community.  Click here to read the full article.  Posted 1/24/17.

Dr. Brian CummingsAlumni Profile:  Dr. Brian Cummings, a 1994 EMU graduate.   Dr. Cummings, who was a double major in biochemistry and toxicology at EMU (and recipient of our Toxicology Achievement Award in 1994), is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as director of the university's Interdisciplinary Toxicology program.  His profile was recently featured on the University of Georgia's website.  Click here to read about Dr. Cummings, his current position, and his research.  Posted 11/29/16.

Dr. Steven Backues Professor Steven Backues is the principal investigator on a recently awarded $297,384 RUI grant from the National Science Foundation.  His proposal was entitled “Scaffold or Assembly Line: How Does Atg11 Organize its Binding Partners for the Initiation of Selective Autophagy?” The work performed under this grant has the dual purpose of enhancing undergraduate education in the department and advancing humanity’s fundamental understanding of the medically relevant process of Autophagy.  Click here to read more. Posted 10/24/16.


A complete list of Chemistry Department News stories and short items can be obtained by clicking on the link.


Contact Us

The Department of Chemistry is located in the recently expanded and completely renovated Mark Jefferson Science Complex. We have staff offices and labs throughout the building.  The Chemistry Department office is room 541 and is open from 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday.  The phone number is (734)487-0106.

Dr. Deborah Heyl-Clegg

Interim Department Head:  Deborah Heyl-Clegg, Ph.D.

Senior Secretary:  Tracey Grant 

Office Secretary:  Carol Orlowski

If you are interested in our programs, there is a lot of information available by clicking on the links found in the left-hand navigational pane.  Information about specific programs can be obtained from the advisers listed on our advising page.  You can also email questions using the links given below:

Undergraduate Advising Email Address:  chem_ug_advising@emich.edu

Graduate Coordinator:  Tim Brewer, Ph.D.

If you would like to see something that is missing from our website, have information to share, or have other constructive suggestions, we would like to hear from you.  Contact us at rnord@emich.edu.

EMU Location and Vicinity

Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti,MI, which is adjacent to Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan.  This proximity allows for active collaborations between faculty and students from both schools and access to additional facilities.  Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding townships make up a metropolitan area of over 300,000 people with ample cultural, recreational, and sporting events year-round.  The cities of Detroit (30 miles away) and Toledo (40 miles away) are also within easy driving distance.  However, one need travel only a short distance out-of-town to find farmland and open countryside. Nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as boating, fishing, hunting, and skiing, are plentiful.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344