The chemistry program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the four principle subdisciplines – organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, students will be prepared for a successful career in the chemical sciences. Also, those students wishing to pursue advanced degrees, whether it is graduate studies in chemistry or an allied field, will have gained the necessary foundation through their studies in the undergraduate program.

In addition to the rigorous study of chemistry, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the fields of mathematics and physics. Chemistry students will also be encouraged to elect courses from related sciences, such as biology and environmental science.

The Chemistry Department, located in the state-of-the-art Meen Center for Science and Math, has excellent, up-to-date instrumentation utilized for teaching and research. Major equipment includes an NMR spectrometer, an atomic absorption spectrometer, an IR spectrometer, UV and VIS spectrometers, chromatographs (both gas and HPLC), a polarimeter and centrifuges.

The curriculum for the chemistry program is designed to develop and maintain skills in critical thinking, analytical reading and writing as well as public speaking.

Alumnus Testimonial:
Andrew Cantrell

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Alumna Testimonial: Annie McCullough

Tusculum University is an institution built around community. Being an international student, I spent five years studying at Tusculum, and in that time, I found my second family. I found community in my fellow peers, my professors, the tennis team, the athletic department, the chemistry program, external clubs and societies and the Greeneville community
The smaller nature of TU and smaller class sizes allowed for strong relationships to be built between peers in addition to strong relationships with fellow professors; that were key in my growth as a student and helped shape and guide my current pursuit of a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina.

The chemistry program’s offerings

The chemistry program at Tusculum exposes students to a variety of subject matter ranging from organic, inorganic, analytical, instrumental, physical and environmental chemistry, providing the necessary tools to tackle both a job in industry and graduate school education. In addition to this, the program founded an academic research program, initially working on the development of novel hydrogen evolution catalysts for solar energy applications and then transitioning to the development of new ruthenium photodynamic chemotherapeutics.
Participating in academic research provided several opportunities to travel to scientific conferences, build and establish connections in the scientific community and present our research to other institutions in the area, and at the TU’s own research conference. This helped build key presentation skills by being able to present our research to individuals in and out of the scientific community, all necessary skills for both graduate school and working in industry.

Opportunities at Tusculum

Close relationships built with faculty presented an opportunity to work for a small start-up centered on Tusculum’s campus, Ionic Water Technologies LLC, which was focusing on the development of innovative water purification and large desalination technologies. Through these research experiences, students become more independent thinkers, learn how acknowledge problems and implement practical solutions to these problems in the process of scientific research.
Beyond the bench, there are also several mentorship opportunities that students can seek out. For example, they can be a student tutor, a mentor for incoming students entering the research program or lab teaching assistants. Each of these mentorship roles provides invaluable experience learning how to work alongside others in a collaborative manner and assisting younger students. These are key skills that can be utilised in any career path, whether it be scientific or not.

The chemistry’s program’s strengths

The chemistry program provides students with a strong, well-structured breadth of material, builds connections in the scientific community and provides opportunities to pursue academic research giving students a taste of what a Ph.D. program would be like. This is in addition to opportunities or future opportunities to work in an industry setting.
These opportunities would not be possible without the strength of the professors in the chemistry program at Tusculum. Ultimately their continued desire is to see their students succeed and provide them with as many opportunities as possible to make them career-ready when they graduate, no matter what path they may choose – graduate school, academia, industry, teaching or something entirely different.

Meeting our Mission

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Students learn lab techniques necessary for successful job placement or graduate school. Internship and research opportunities help students develop hands-on skills and critical thinking.

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Students broaden their horizons by learning how to give science presentations for both public and peer audiences. Students can travel to national conferences and engage with professionals from across the United States.

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Students can participate in cutting-edge research. Students have access to laboratories with state-of-the art equipment. Internships provide students with additional skills and position them for jobs or the next step in their academic studies.

Program Success

Tusculum chemistry alumni have been accepted to the graduate schools such as:

  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Valencia
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • University of Tennessee

Graduates have been hired at companies such as:

Students have earned internships and fellowships at companies and orgnizations, including:

The chemistry program has received grants from the following organizations


100% of Chemistry Program Graduates since 2018 have been successful employed or have participated in graduate studies within the field.