The Department of Chemistry and Physics

Merged in 2015, the department continues it long tradition of providing a engaged study of two sciences that are constantly evolving with new discoveries. The department possesses over 30 faculty and support members who will provide an excellent university education. Students will have the opportunity to engage in lecture discussion as well as a research experience where their knowledge will be challenged.

The department is housed in Grote Hall named after Dr. Irvine Grote.  A man of tremendous scientific curiosity, he worked in both private industry and subsequently as a Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry.  Dr. Grote served as Scientific Consultant at Chattem, Inc. for more than 40 years, and authored numerous patents, including the original antacid formulations in Rolaids. After his passing in 1973, Dr. Grote and his wife Nita left their entire estate to the UTC Department of Chemistry, an endowment now known as the Grote Chemistry Fund.  The endowment is used to fund scholarships, student research opportunities, new instrumentation, faculty development, and research support.

Our graduates last year were accepted into medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, industry, and also into graduate school to received an education as research scientists.

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.