welcome to the department of
chemistry and biochemistry
Our mission is to educate, train and prepare students for what ultimately will become their life’s work. You will benefit from rigorous coursework, strong mentoring, hands-on research projects and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation – all to prepare you for a successful career after graduation.
Do you want to turn your love of biochemistry or chemistry into a medical profession?
Design your own pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry or other pre-health pathway.
Saving Lives Through Chemistry
SFA graduate Michael Tidwell has spent 17 years in the organic chemistry field and has had a hand in the production of several potentially lifesaving compounds. During his career, he has contributed to eight patents and several publications in peer-reviewed journals in the area of medicinal chemistry. Michael recently synthesized a compound for the U.S. military that serves as an antidote to nerve gases.
Michael Tidwell, Class of 2000
SFA Student Wins Best Undergraduate Poster
Carmel Tovar recently received an award for the best undergraduate poster in chemistry and biochemistry at the 2016 College of Science Research Conference for her project titled "Metal Affinity Chromatography and Protein Refolding Techniques.”
Carmel leveraged her hard work in the SFA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research program to beat out competition from universities and colleges across Texas.
Carmel Tovar, Class of 2018
MAYAN ARTIFACTS MEET MODERN SCIENCE
Pressley Nicholson is preparing for a career in forensic-analytical science by working with SFA faculty on “Analysis and Characterization of Mayan Pottery.” The project gives Pressley hands-on experience with inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopic techniques, and X-ray diffraction. And, her work is revealing insights on the the type of foods that the Maya may have eaten and stored
Pressley Nicholson, Class of 2019
FROM SFA STUDENT TO SFA BOARD OF REGENTS
John R. “Bob” Garrett of Tyler earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from SFA in 1975. Today, he is a residential and commercial real estate developer and president and CEO of Fair Oil Company. In addition, to serving on the board of the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center and Salvation Army of Tyler, Garrett served as chair of the SFA Board of Regents from 2011-2013 and was reappointed in 2013.
John R. “Bob” Garrett, Class of 1975
At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
Meet Our Students
Alex Cook is investigating the growth mechanism of thiolate-protected platinum nanoparticles. She will graduate in Spring 2019 with the goal of attending medical school.
Sam Conlin is working to develop better methods to detect Adrafinil (a drug that’s been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency) in athletes. If successful, Sam’s work could help maintain the integrity of athletic events worldwide.
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COME SEE US
Math Building, Suite 108
P.O. Box 13006 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3006