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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 (the lecture) and CHEM 284 (the 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 4:00 pm in room 156 Science Complex, unless specified otherwise.

April 3rd at 3:00 pm in room 545 - "Investigating the interaction of humanin and β-amyloid in vitro and in vivo using A549 Lung cancer cells", Daniel Eskilsen, MS Thesis Seminar.

April 10th at 3:00 pm in room 545 - "Examining the binding of humanin and its analogs to β-amyloid and identifying their novel role as potential anticancer drugs", Prathyusha Guttikonda, MS Thesis Seminar.

April 17th - Rajesh Ramachandran, Case Western - molecular mechanisms of membrane remodeling.

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:  As you plan your class schedules, you should know that prerequisites are routinely enforced for Chemistry Department courses.  The prerequisites for a course 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.

Winter Tutoring Schedule

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 Winter Semester is now final and tutoring will start Tuesday, January 17  The schedule is available by clicking on the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Updated 1/16/17.

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


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


Monday Night Collaborative Study Sessions Available

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 1/30/17.

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. 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.

Dr. Amy JohnsonProfessor Amy Johnson is at the center of a new initiative to enhance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at EMU.  As part of a Faculty and Development Center initiative to engage more faculty and lecturers in SoTL, Amy Flanagan Johnson (Chemistry) and Katherine Ryker (Geography and Geology) will be leading a SoTL group this academic year. The group will meet every three weeks or so to support each other in designing and carrying out a SoTL study, the results of which could be presented on campus, at a conference, or via publication in a professional journal.  Posted 9/12/16.

SSRI Student PresentationThis year's Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI) concluded with their annual poster session on July 21.   The SSRI is a series of supplemental activities for science and technology students who are on campus working on research projects with their faculty mentors during the summer months.  Here is the link to the 2016 schedule of SSRI activities.  Revised 9/8/16.

The 2016 Chemistry Department Newsletter is now available.  This year's newsletter is now available online.  Click here to link directly to this year's newsletter.  In order to see newsletters from previous years, click on this link.  Posted 3/9/16.

Chemistry Department receives continued approval from the American Chemical Society (ACS).  Every five years, our program is reviewed by the ACS Committee on Professional Training.  We have just received the results of the most recent process indicating continued approval of our program.  The review states "The very thoughtful and thorough summary of department activities reflects a vibrant department that is making significant improvements in curriculum and scholarly activity."  Click here to read more.  Posted 2/15/16.

A balanced meal of fermented foodsNew Fermentation Science program approved by the Board of Regents.  At the February 5, 2016 Board of Regents meeting, final approval was given for a new major in Fermentation Science. Click here to see the University's Press Release.  This program has been designed to bring together subjects from multiple disciplines and frame them in the context of the science of fermentation and its practical application.  Click here to go to the Fermentation Science webpage.  Posted 2/5/16.

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