Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

In 1912 the University of Chattanooga (later in 1969 to merge with the state system and become the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) graduated its first university graduate with a major in chemistry, Elizabeth V. Burgess.  The second and third chemistry graduates, Harold D. Long and Cooper O. Brown followed in 1918 and 1919, respectively.  In the following approximately 100 years, many more chemistry majors have followed.  During the years 1997-2004, the Chemistry Department produced 193 chemistry graduates (17th in the nation for non-graduate programs), and half were female. Our total for this time period exceeded the number of college chemistry graduates from any other school in Tennessee.

With a long tradition and a rich heritage, how are we doing lately?  During the 2013-14 academic year, we had 32 students involved in individual research projects with faculty members during the academic year, had 14 students work in paid research positions during the summer, had 35 papers presented by chemistry students and faculty at regional and national professional meetings.  Our chemistry graduates last year were accepted into medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and also into graduate school to become research scientists.  Others went directly into industrial employment.

In addition to 3 four-year Grote Scholarships ($3000/year) for incoming freshmen, the department (thanks to the generosity of alumni and others) presents each year other scholarships and awards to more than 30 students. All these awards are in addition to other support such as the Tennessee Hope Scholarships. 

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Offering a molecular perspective, our faculty and staff seek to:
• help students learn the knowledge and process of science;
• engage students in scientific inquiry;
• provide service to our department, university, profession, and communities;
• prepare our students to create the futures they seek.


Dr. Tom Rybolt, UC Foundation Professor and Head
Department of Chemistry
615 McCallie Ave, Dept. 2252
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Contact: tom-rybolt@utc.edu or chem dept phone 423.425.4278