Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Since you are visiting this web site you may be considering Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or Biochemistry as a college major. For those so inclined, the study of physical science is a challenging, but ultimately rewarding endeavor that is a springboard to a variety of career opportunities in industry and research, or professional programs such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, and Pharmacy.

The 14-member faculty offers students a choice of chemistry and physics courses at the upper level in all areas of specialization and provides rigorous attention to each student as concepts are taught in the foundation courses.  The Chemistry and Physics faculty come from universities across the country and have chosen to teach at SWOSU because of their strong commitment to offering the best possible undergraduate education in the sciences.  In all lectures and labs, a Ph.D. faculty member will serve as your instructor.

Since learning how to do scientific research is integral to the development of a scientist and to acceptance in many professional and graduate schools, there are numerous opportunities to do cutting-edge, publishable research at SWOSU.  Since 2000, the chemistry/physics faculty at SWOSU has received over two million dollars in grants for scientific research from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and other organizations. Projects include research on anticancer and anti-HIV drugs, pharmaceutical design of unnatural amino acids, nanotechnology, natural product isolation and analytics, DNA and protein engineering, enzyme kinetics and mechanism, computational chemistry, and lightening research.  Much of this financial support has been used to provide research facilities with state of the art equipment and salaries for many undergraduate research assistants.  Many students participate in these projects and find them to be fun, exciting, and challenging, providing opportunities to present at meetings across the nation. They also find that they give excellent preparation for jobs in industry or further studies in graduate and professional schools.

SWOSU Chemistry and Physics has a strong reputation in both Oklahoma and the five-state region. Graduate schools, corporations, and government agencies actively recruit SWOSU graduates, and Chemistry and Physics majors have had an outstanding level of success in medical, dental, optical, and other professional schools.  Our graduates are competitive with the nation’s best.  Physics graduates were instrumental in the NASA Gemini and Apollo Programs.  More recent graduating seniors have received admittance to pursue advanced degrees at Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, to name a few.  We are very proud of our graduates and grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of their lives.

If you are thinking about a degree in chemistry or engineering physics, please consider us. You will find that our programs will prepare you well for any career you choose to pursue. Our friendly students and faculty create a family-like atmosphere that provides the assistance and encouragement that will help you succeed. You will enjoy being a part of the Chemistry Club or the Physics and Engineering Club and take part in the professional and social activities they sponsor.

Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our faculty members or me directly by e-mail or telephone. I also invite you to visit us on campus and tour our newly renovated, state-of-the-art, classrooms and labs. We welcome the opportunity to host you.


Dr. Jason L Johnson,

Professor and Chair