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Upcoming Events

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

Fall Seminars

Seminars are at 4 p.m. in the Science Complex. Please refer to the complete listing of departmental seminars for additional information.

Dec. 3 - Dr. Gabe Rudebusch, University of Illinois, candidate for the Organic Chemistry faculty position.

Dec 12 - Dr. Thomas Osberger, University of Cambridge, candidate for the Organic Chemistry faculty position. Title TBA.

Dec 17
 - Dr. Kyle Lambert,  Baylor University, candidate for the Organic Chemistry faculty position. Title TBA.

Registration Questions?

See our advising page for useful information and a list of departmental advisors. 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 and 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.

Tutoring Schedule

Many of the Chemistry Department faculty and 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 available and tutoring has begun.  The schedule is available by following the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, all CHEM 111, 115, 117, 121-124 and 283 students are invited to free drop-in collaborative study sessions every Tuesday evening from 7–9 p.m. in Science Complex Room 173. Chemistry faculty and advanced students will be there to facilitate the sessions.  Sponsored by the CSIE program.  Updated 9/19/18.

Fermentation Science Video

If you want to learn more about our program in Fermentation Science, follow this link.

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 for more information.

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.

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.

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

ACS Approved Program LogoClick 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. David A. Berry Organic Chemistry Laboratory.  On November 29, 2018, the Chemistry Department and EMU Foundation hosted the dedication of the Dr. David A. Berry Lana Berry revealing the plaqueOrganic Chemistry Laboratory, room 115 in the Science Complex, the result of a generous donation from Lana Berry that also allowed the purchase of a state of the art bench top NMR instrument within the lab that will be used hands-on by EMU students for years to come.  Over 50 people were in attendance at the event to reveal the plaque outside the door and to recognize the successful EMU alumnus. Read the full story  here . Posted 12/8/18  

EMU Chemistry Alumnus makes Top 40 Under 40 Power List 2018.   The Analytical Scientist magazine named Dr. James Grinias, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry Dr. James Griniasand Biochemistry at Rowan University, to its 40 under 40 “Power List” for 2018. Grinias spent the past several years researching the fundamentals of liquid-phase separations in capillary and microfluidic columns as well as applications in neuroscience, molecular physiology, and  pharmaceutical fields. Read the full story here. Posted 11/2/18

EMU Student Wins Poster Award at International Jenn Campos Ayala ISA PosterConference. The Society for Archaeological Sciences selected EMU graduate student Jennifer Campos Ayala for one of two R. E. Taylor Poster Awards at the 42nd International Symposium on Archaeometry in Mérida, Mexico.  Jenn is a student in Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage’s lab; her poster, “Purple Dyes from the Carlos Museum Pre-Columbian Textiles Collection: Direct Mass Spectrometry and HPLC Analyses”, includes work that is part of an ongoing collaboration with conservators and art historians at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Read the full story here.  Posted 6/13/18

Dr. Ted Compere

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Emeritus Professor, Edward L. "Ted" Compere this past winter.  Dr. Compere joined the EMU faculty in 1964 and retired in 1992, after 28 years.  Professor Compere's specialty was polymer chemistry and he maintained an active research program, often in collaboration with our colleagues in the Polymers & Coatings program.  He helped transform the research culture in the Chemistry Department.  Among his many interests outside of Chemistry, he was an avid and accomplished tennis player.  The department is very grateful for his contributions to the education of so many students.  Posted 5/10/18.

Jeremy Ritchey Seven Chemistry Department MS Students Presented at this year's Graduate Research Conference, which was held at the Student Center on March 16. Follow this link to a video showing the Chemistry students who presented at it.  Posted 4/13/18.

Sharon Vance Sharon Vance is a 2018 recipient of EMU's Distinguished Teaching Awards for Part-time Lecturers.  Sharon has been a member of the EMU Chemistry family for nearly 30 years as an undergraduate, graduate student, and lecturer.  Read more about her accomplishments and contributions by following this link.  Posted 3/28/18.

Professor Amy Johnson was one of the organizers and leaders of a pop-up learning community on climate change.  Primary focuses included learning how to establish a productive dialog and how to identify and deal with misinformation.  The community involved an interdisciplinary team and over 150 students participated.  Follow this link to read more.  Posted 1/24/18.

Professor Steven Backues is the 2017 recipient of the William Fennel Symposium Faculty Mentor Award. This award recognizes extraordinary leadership and guidance to undergraduate students and their research experience that includes presentation at the Undergraduate Symposium.  Follow this link to read more about Professor Backues.  Posted 9/20/17.

Professor Brittany Albaugh is the recipient of a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  Dr. Albaugh's project, entitled Collaborative Research: Molecular and Structural Mechanism of Histone Binding by the Epigenetic Regulator UHRF2, was recently selected for funding by the NSF.  The grant is in the amount of $359,776.  Click here to read more about this research project. Posted 7/26/17.  This is also the feature story in the Fall 2017 issue of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research eNewsletter [PDF]. Updated 9/20/17.

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 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The phone number is 734.487.0106.

Dr. Deborah Heyl-Clegg

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

Senior Secretary:  Tracey Grant 

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 jguthri7@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