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Chemistry & Physics

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Physics at SWOSU, where we prepare students for high-tech careers in industry, academics, government, and professional programs. 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 Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, and Pharmacy.

Chemistry & Physics Degrees Offered at SWOSU

Why SWOSU is the Place for Chemistry & Physics

Our Faculty

The 14-member, all Ph.D. faculty offers specialized expertise at all levels of instruction. Our faculty provide 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 SWOSU 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.

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.

Our Graduates

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.

The Environment

Moreover, our family-like atmosphere provides the assistance and encouragement that will help you succeed. Graduate schools, corporations, and government agencies all actively recruit our majors, while others find tremendous success in professional school.

Our department is also passionate about helping students from underserved communities complete STEM degrees. We are a qualifying major for the OK-LSAMP STEM grant research program, and we award many scholarships to deserving major students in both our Chemistry and Physics programs each year!

Your Future

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 also may 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 the Department Chair directly by e-mail or telephone. We also invite you to visit us on campus and tour our newly renovated, state-of-the-art, classrooms and labs. Let us help you find a career path in Chemistry and Physics!