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Chemistry is the study of matter and energy in the universe. The three Pillars of Science are MatterLife and the Mind. Chemistry is so unique that it’s fundamental to the study of all other basic sciences. It is a gateway to a broad range of career opportunities. As a hands-on major, you will conduct your own experiments in the lab and enjoy many undergraduate research opportunities instead of spending all of your time in a lecture hall

The Department of Chemistry at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • We offer either a B.S. degree with a major in chemistry or a B.S. in Chemistry degree that is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • There are many opportunities for chemistry majors to participate in undergraduate research projects with faculty.
  • We offer many areas of study: analytical, synthetic, inorganic, physical and materials chemistry.
  • Chemistry majors may also graduate with honors in chemistry.
  • We offer state-of-the-art instrumentations including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMRs), Mass Spectrometry, Polymer Characterization, Raman and X-ray facilities that undergraduate students can use in their projects.
  • We have Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)
  • You can now complete a major in chemistry and receive a secondary education teaching certificate in four years at UT Knoxville by participating the new VolsTeach program.
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville chemistry program ranks in Top 100 Chemistry Schools in USA and The Second Best Chemistry School in Tennessee

  • The newly completed Strong Hall is a 268,000-square-foot academic science structure that houses state-of-the-art teaching spaces and lecture halls. The building will suggest a theme of “Earth, Life & Time” focusing on the concepts and ideals of the academic departments housed in UT’s newest science building.

Student Members of the American Chemical Society

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society or SMACS for short is an undergraduate organization for those interested in chemistry. The UT chapter of SMACS holds monthly meetings where they share a meal and social atmosphere and hear an invited speaker discuss specific aspects of chemistry and current research in areas of chemistry.

The Student Affiliates also participate in a wide variety of departmental and campus-wide activities including Homecoming in the Fall and Chem Camp in the Summer.

For more information contact the SMACS Faculty Advisor, Heather Boyd.