With a spirit of exploration and engagement through rigorous laboratory research, chemistry majors are anchored in experiential learning opportunities that help them explore and create a new knowledge of molecular-scale phenomena.

Within a community of more than 450 scientist scholars from five different disciplines, our faculty are internationally recognized for their scientific expertise, published research, and innovative approaches to undergraduate education.
Wanek School of Natural Sciences
Wanek School of Natural Sciences
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Faculty & Staff
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Michael Knippenberg
Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry
+1 (336) 841-9531
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Meghan Blackledge
Associate Professor of Chemistry; Director of Natural Sciences Fellows
+1 (336) 841-9317
Angela Broadnax
Angela Broadnax
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
+1 (336) 841-9848
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Keir Fogarty
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of Natural Sciences Fellows
+1 (336) 841-9692
Christopher Fowler
Chris Fowler
Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Chemistry
+1 (336) 841-9071
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Sarmad Hindo
Instructor of Chemistry
+1 (336) 841-9620
Holistic Learning

The Department of Chemistry at HPU believes that new knowledge in the chemical sciences is only generated in the laboratory through research. Top programs of undergraduate education in chemistry utilize undergraduate research as the vehicle for the preparation of chemistry majors who not only attend highly competitive graduate and professional programs, but also are sought by these programs. The expectation is that the majority of graduates with this degree will attend graduate school in the chemical sciences or closely-aligned fields.

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Course Requirements 2022/2023
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 49
University Core Requirements 36-44
Electives 35-43
Total 128
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 68
University Core Requirements 36-44
Electives 16-24
Total 128
Requirements for B.A. in Chemistry
Requirements for B.A. in Chemistry
Course Course Title Credits
CHM 1010 or CHM 1510 General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 1011 or CHM 1511 General Chemistry I, Laboratory or General Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 1020 or CHM 1520 General Chemistry II or General Chemistry II, Majors 3
CHM 1021 or CHM 1521 General Chemistry II Laboratory or General Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2510 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2511 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2520 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2521 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM/BCH 2990 Research & Writing in Chemistry/Biochemistry 3
CHM 3030 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 3060 Instrumental Analysis 4
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
MTH 1420 Calculus II 4
PHY 1510 General Physics I 3
PHY 1511 General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 1520 General Physics II 3
PHY 1521 General Physics II Laboratory 1
Two 3-credit chemistry electives at the 3000-level or higher (6)*
CHM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 4010 Elements of Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4020 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 3
Course Descriptions
*CHM 4500 will not fulfill this requirement.
Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry
Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry
Course Course Title Credits
CHM 1010 or CHM 1510 General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 1011 or CHM 1511 General Chemistry I, Laboratory or General Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 1020 or CHM 1520 General Chemistry II or General Chemistry II, Majors 3
CHM 1021 or CHM 1521 General Chemistry II Laboratory or General Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2510 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2511 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2520 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2521 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 3030 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 3060 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 311X Advanced Topics Laboratory 4
BCH 2990 Research & Writing in Chemistry/Biochemistry 3
BCH 3010 or BCH 3510 Biochemistry I or Biochemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 4010 Elements of Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4011 Laboratory in Physical Chemistry 1
CHM 4020 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4990 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
MTH 1420 Calculus II 4
PHY 2010 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 2020 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Choose one course from the following:
PHY Any 2000 or higher level physics (PHY) course 4
STS/CSC 1600 Introduction to Data 4
CSC 1610 Introduction to Programming for Data Analytics 4
CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming 4
CSC 1705 Python Programming 4
STS 2910 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 4
STS 3005 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4
MTH/PHY 2050 Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics 4
MTH 2410 Calculus III 4
Select one 3-credit chemistry elective at the 3000-level or higher (3)*

Course Descriptions
*CHM 4500 will not fulfill this requirement.
Career Opportunities
Students in the chemistry and biochemistry programs at High Point University have gone on to many wonderful careers after college. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject has led to outcomes as diverse as criminology to prenatal screening, agriculture to cosmetics, and home healthcare diagnostics to tailored drug therapies. The number of jobs for chemists is 96,200. Median pay for all occupations is $34,750. Median pay for chemists is $73,060. Students with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry currently have careers as/in:
Student Outcomes

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Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
A special opportunity for faculty mentors and students to work together on undergraduate research projects for eight weeks on campus.
Instrumentation
The Department of Chemistry at HPU has partnered with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to provide state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation.
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Our new state-of-the-art facility features innovative labs, study spaces, ample classrooms, a learning lab, and the Culp Planetarium.
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