The Walter H. Hoffman Department of Chemistry is located in the Herman W. Lay Science Building on the campus of Drury University in Springfield Missouri. There are five tenured-track faculty members in chemistry and all hold a Ph.D. degree. All faculty teach in lectures, laboratory, and have active research programs.

The department of chemistry offers the undergraduate student a unique experience in science learning, both through group and individualized guidance. The curriculum begins with the developement of the general principles of chemistry. Training in the areas of physical, analytical, organic, inorganic, and biochemistry then enhances this knowledge. The use of NMR and other instrumental techniques are havily emphasized, in addition to text and computer graphics. The department supports an active seminar program with presentations by eminent scientists and Nobel Laureates. 

Courses offered in the department of chemistry meet the needs of students pursuing careers in chemistry related fields, and health sciences by offering a BA in chemistry. Examples of careers include professor of chemistry, industrial chemist, science teachers, environmental scientists, pharmacists, nursing, and physicians. Students who plan to major in chemistry should take a minimum of 32 hours of courses in the department.

Starting with their freshman year, chemistry majors are offered the opportunity to participate in exciting hands-on research projects. The areas of research include physical, inorganic, theoretical, biochemistry, and organic chemistry. Areas of interest have included global warming, alternative energy sources, environmental pollution, cryopreservation of organs, standard scale for ionic activity, geothermal energy, enhanced oil recover, and many other areas of practical applications to solve societal problems. Many research projects have been attained as a collaborative effort with colleagues from universities throught the United States and abroad. These joint ventures provide the students with a greater prospective of the research involved, increased contact with well-known scientists, and the sense of accomplishment. Many of the findings from their research are published in journals worldwide. In addition, chemistry students have the opportunity to make poster presentations at regional, national, and international meetings. This exposure expands the scientific horizon for students and helps to provide the experience needed for advancement into any field of science.

Proposal for the new science building.

Another asset of the department of chemistry is the promotion of science by the students' affiliation of The American Chemical Society. These chemistry students visit area elementary schools to make younger students aware of the science involved in everyday life through demonstrations of "magic shows" and "Science is Fun". 


Faculty - Stop by and meet the professors that comprise the chemistry department faculty. Feel free to send comments and questions.

Required - The following pages list the requirements for completeing the chemistry curriculum at Drury. Included is a print ready copy for keeping track of completed courses.

A.C.S. - Here are the eligability requirements for and benefits of joining a local affiliate of American Chemical Society, a national chemical society for students majoring in the chemical sciences.

Notices - Announcements are posted on the notice page for current chemistry students and members of A.C.S.
 
 

Dr. Mark D. Wood, Chair
(417) 873-7474
mwood@drury.edu
The Walter H. Hoffman Department of Chemistry
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65802