Chemistry

Chemistry Mission Statement:

The mission of the Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry is to provide our graduates, especially underrepresented groups and minorities, with the conceptual and experimental tools to understand the world at a molecular level as preparation for graduate studies or careers in a chemistry-related field. By providing excellent student-centered learning experiences, our chemistry program will graduate students who demonstrate an ability to think critically, communicate effectively, validate scientific principles in research training, and participate in practical chemical experiences. Our graduates will possess exceptional laboratory skills, modern analytical techniques, and value chemists’ continual contributions to enhancing society.

Chemistry Vision Statement:

The vision of the Chemistry program aims to become nationally recognized in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s STEM community for distinctions in higher education pedagogy, student-centered learning, and participation in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.  The chemistry program strives to contribute economic and intellectual growth to the region, and graduating junior scientists who are committed to excellence, leadership, service and both personal and professional growth through lifelong learning.

Chemistry Core Values:

As primary stakeholders, our chemistry faculty, staff, and administrators value:

  1. Passion for Mission (We come to work to foster sustainable chemical development and advance human dignity within the Commonwealth especially for underrepresented minority communities.)
  2. A Foundation in Liberal Studies (We design chemistry courses with a multidisciplinary approach, examining how advances in chemical research effects Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the Arts.)
  3. Excellence (We strive for efficiency, effectiveness, and meaningful results across our chemical discipline.) 
  4. Integrity (We are honest and transparent, accountable for our efforts, and maintain a consistently high moral and ethical standard.)
  5. Respect (We demonstrate respect for one another, our partners, and the undergraduate students we serve in the Commonwealth especially for underrepresented communities around the world.)
  6. Empowerment (We elevate junior scientist voices striving for regional economic, environmental and social progress)
  7. Commitment to Learning (We seek to improve ourselves, chemistry courses, program curriculum, and our work continually through design thinking and assessments.) 

The Chemistry program at Kentucky State University focuses on the structure, composition, and reactions of matter. Chemistry instruction is designed to familiarize the student with current views of these concepts. The relevance of chemistry is readily apparent, for the universe and the life forms it contains are chemical systems undergoing specific chemical reactions. To understand the universe and ourselves, it is necessary to understand the laws governing these chemical systems. A deeper knowledge of chemistry is necessary to solve many of humanity’s problems: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and bettering living conditions in general. Coursework in chemistry at Kentucky State University considers both experimental and theoretical topics and emphasizes their interdependence.

The Division of Mathematics and Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. A minor in chemistry is also offered.


Major in Chemistry

The requirements for the major in Chemistry and suggested curriculum ladder are:


Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry requires the completion of 19 semester credit hours. Specific course requirements include CHE 101/110, 102/120, 301/310, and 302/320; the remaining 3-4 semester credit hours must be selected from CHE 303, 315/350, 407, and 412.