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Upcoming Events

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

Winter 2020 Seminars

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

Feb 3"A Day in the Life of an Analytical Chemist in IndustryDr. John Travis, NSF. Room 152

Mar 16 - "Cardiovascular Risks of Oxidative DNA Damage: Toward Personalized Medicine Dr. Colin Wu, Oakland University. Room 152 **Cancelled due to university shutdown**

Mar 23 - Dr. Laura Egnash, Eurofins **Cancelled due to university shutdown**

Apr 13 -  Dr. Juan Vilaabona-Monsalve

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.

Drop-in 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 Fall 2019 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 241. Chemistry faculty and advanced students will be there to facilitate the sessions. Sponsored by the CSIE program. Updated 9/15/10.

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 websites hosted by the EMU library. These websites 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


Professor Ruth Ann Armitage Receives NSF GrantDr. Armitage

Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage from the Chemistry Department recently received a grant for $122,630  from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her project entitled RUI: Evaluating the Limits and Capabilities of Plasma Chemical Oxidation for Accelerator Mass Spectrometric Radiocarbon Dating in Archaeology .  Read more. Posted 1/9/2020 

Professor Hedeel Evans Receives a Major NIH Grant! Dr. Hedeel Evans from the Chemistry department recently Hedeel Evansreceived a total amount of $445,500 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her project entitled Probing the Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-Binding Protein 3 and Humanin in Regulating Hyaluronan Function. Read more. Posted 9/30/2019

Welcome our new faculty member, Dr. Gabriel Rudebusch! Dr. Rudebusch grew up in Reno, Nevada where he completed Dr. Rudebuschundergraduate studies in 2010. He then moved north to Eugene, Oregon for graduate school. At EMU, he will be building and exploring new organic compounds with unique and useful electronic properties. He is also interested in the development of teaching methods that leverage the chemistry of bread, cooking, fermentation and health as a way for students to bridge the chemistry of carbon to their own world. Read more. Posted 8/30/19

EMU Alumna Awarded Prestigious Fellowship to StuCeleste Rousseaudy Sensors in Geneva.  Celeste Rousseau, a former EMU graduate and second-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota, has been awarded a ThinkSwiss fellowship, which will allow her to spend three months as a visiting researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Read more. Posted 3/11/19

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


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: [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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