|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
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
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".
- Stop by and meet the professors that comprise the chemistry department
faculty. Feel free to send comments and questions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Announcements are posted on the notice page for current chemistry students
and members of A.C.S.
|Dr. Mark D. Wood, Chair
|The Walter H. Hoffman Department of Chemistry
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65802