Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

About The Department

As I begin my fifth year as chair, I am pleased to report that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is still growing in size and excellence. In addition to our traditional Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (ACS Certified) and Masters of Science, we offer innovative on-line Masters degrees. In the 2016-2017 academic year we graduated 62 undergraduates (20 B.A. and 42 B.S.) as well as 31 graduate M.S. students. We currently have approximately 200 chemistry majors and over 200 minors. Our program continues to be one of the most productive in the country. This success is a direct result of the great work of our faculty and staff, who's dedication to students and to outstanding research make "doing science" a vital and exciting experience. Last year our faculty directed 18 honors and 35 graduate projects and advised more than 70 students in DIS research. They also published over 30-refereed articles, almost all of which included student co-authors, and made over 40 presentations at national and regional meetings, all of which included student co-authors and presenters.


Our success in chemistry instruction has not gone unnoticed by the funding agencies. This past year, the department has active grants totaling approximately 2.1 million dollars.  These include four new NSF or NIH grants to our faculty enabling continued excellent research oportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) awards for GC/MS/MS and GC/IRMS instruments, the Univeristy has also helped us update some of our major instrumentation, enabling us to continue to provide students with hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our graduate program is routinely in the top five percent of master's degree-granting institutions in the entire country with 31 graduates in 2016/2017.  One of the most imortant factors contributing to our success is the close supervision and mentoring of our local students by faculty throughout the program and especially with students' research and thesis.  Our Distance Ed program continues to grow, with 9 graduates this year and 32 graduates over the past three years.  This Chemical Studies track is a fully on-line, course work only option and does not require a laboratory research based thesis, allowing students to gain knowledge in a field helpful to their professional goals. 

If you have any questions or want further information about the department, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely yours,

Pamela Seaton, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UNCW
601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403-5932
910-962-3279
seatonp@uncw.edu