2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 18, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Douglas Raynie, Department Head
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Avera Health and Science Center 131



Jihong Cole-Dai, Fathi Halaweish, Brian Logue

Associate Professors

Suvobrata Chakravarty, Adam Hoppe, Matthew Miller, Douglas Raynie, Jay Shore, Cheng Zhang

Assistant Professors

Darci Fink, Tanya Gupta, Surtaj Iram, Rachel Willand-Charnley

Senior Lecturers

Nicole Grove, Melody Jewell, Sara Madsen


Julie Leibold, Marla Williams


Royce Emerick, Henry Gehrke, John Grove, Harry Hecht, David Hilderbrand, William Jensen, Ivan Palmer, James Rice, Leo Spinar, William Wadsworth


The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to educate, expand the frontiers of knowledge, and provide service. The Department provides high-quality educational opportunities that address students’ needs and broaden their perspectives, enabling them to continue the learning process as educated citizens. For those students desiring to pursue careers in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education, and related scientific areas, the department provides degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The Department also maintains strong research efforts in areas appropriate to the broad goals and objectives of a land-grant institution. The Department provides service to its various constituencies through selected programs that are continually refined to meet changing needs.

Further, the SDSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a founding signatory to the Green Chemistry Commitment. Specific examples of green chemistry are presented in general chemistry, organic chemistry laboratory experiments, a chemical toxicology course, and graduate and undergraduate research.

Departmental Objectives

  • To address the needs of a scientifically literate citizenry in South Dakota, the upper midwest, nationally, and globally;
  • To facilitate students’ communication skills in both oral and written formats;
  • To encourage the technological literacy of students such that they become highly competitive in the global workforce;
  • To provide opportunities for professional development of students at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels;
  • To provide premier leadership in the chemical sciences dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery, and outreach.




Graduate Programs*

  • Chemistry (M.S.)
  • Chemistry (M.S.) - Chemical Education Specialization
  • Biochemistry (Ph.D.)
  • Chemistry (Ph.D.)

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The Department offers opportunities for student engagement through research and student organizations. For additional information refer to the Research Opportunities page and the Student Organization page on the University’s webpage.

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