Spencer Chemistry Building
5009 Rockhill Road, Suite 233
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Phone: (816) 235-2273
Fax: (816) 235-5502
Chemistry offers programs of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master of science degrees, and participates in UMKC’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. To the extent that each program is flexible (see degree requirements), it is possible to specialize at the graduate level in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical or polymer chemistry.
Research facilities and Laboratories
- Varian Inova 400 MHz NMR spectrometer.
- Bruker 250 MHz NMR spectrometer with solid state probe.
- IBM 200 Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer.
- AA and ICP-AA spectrophotometers.
- CARY-1 UV-Visible dual beam spectrophotometer.
- Cambridge Structural Database Subscription (Van Horn).
- Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy Lab (Durig).
- Positron Annihilation and Gamma-ray Spectroscopy Lab (Van Horn).
- ABI Pioneer peptide synthesizer.
- Sprint BioCad liquid chromatography system.
- Finnigan MAT Double Focusing mass spectrometer.
- Ocean Optics UV-Vis-NIR and other UV-Visible spectrophotometers.
- Metrohm Titrando system with "PC Control" software.
- BAS Epsilon electrochemistry apparatus (Peng).
- Shimadzu HPLC (Van Horn).
- Shimadzu RF-5301PC Fluorescence spectrophotometer.
- Perkin Elmer Polarimeter (Buszek).
- Chemical Stores.
- Jasco J-710 Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter.
- Varian 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer (Laity).
- ESI-mass spectrometer and Triple-Quad LC-ESI MS with nanospray adaptor (School of Pharmaceutical Sciences).
- Machine Shop (Department of Physics).
Computer facilities include UMKC's Academic Research servers using HP's Itanium technology and numerous personal computers located in Spencer Hall and Flarsheim Hall for teaching and research purposes. A computational research laboratory is also housed in the department with a number of high-speed workstations and modern software.
Paul M. Barron; associate teaching professor of chemistry, coordinator of general chemistry laboratories, faculty mentor; Ph.D. (University of Nebraska).
Keith R. Buszek2,3 professor of chemistry; B.S. (University of California, Irvine); Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles).
Xiaobo Chen2,3; professor of chemistry; B.S. (Peking University, China); M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences); Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University).
Jerry R. Dias2,3 curators' professor emeritus of chemistry; B.S. (San Jose State College); Ph.D. (Arizona State University).
Andrea Drew; teaching professor of chemistry, coordinator of organic laboratories, faculty mentor; B.S. Ph.D. (University of South Carolina).
Todor K. Gounev; teaching professor of chemistry; B.S., M.S. (University of Sofia, Bulgaria); Ph.D. (University of South Carolina).
Andrew J. Holder2 professor of chemistry; B.S. (Mobile College); Ph.D. (University of Southern Mississippi).
Lena Hoober-Burkhardt; associate teaching professor of chemistry, coordinator of advanced chemistry laboratories, faculty mentor; B.A. (Princeton University); Ph.D. (University of Southern California).
Kathleen V. Kilway2,3 chair and curators' teaching professor of chemistry; B.S. (St. Mary's College); M.S., Ph.D. (University of California-San Diego).
Shin Moteki2,3 assistant professor of chemistry; Ph.D. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
Nathan A. Oyler2,3 associate professor of chemistry; B.S. (University of Arizona); Ph.D. (University of Washington).
Zhonghua Peng2,3 curators' professor of chemistry; B.S. (University of Science and Technology of China); M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences); Ph.D. (University of Chicago).
Mohammad Rafiee2,3assistant professor of chemistry; B.S., Ph.D. (Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran).
J. David Van Horn2,3 associate professor of chemistry; B.A. (Point Loma Nazarene College); Ph.D. (University of Utah).
Charles J. Wurrey2 curators' distinguished teaching professor emeritus and James C. Olson professor of chemistry; B.S. (Northern Michigan University); Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
John W. Connolly, Jerry R. Dias (Curators' Professor Emeritus of Chemistry), Henry A. Droll, Peter Groner, Y.C. Jerry Jean (Curator's Professor Emeritus), Layton L. McCoy, Thomas C. Sandreczki, Kenneth S. Schmitz, Timothy F. Thomas, Charles J. Wurrey (Curator's Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus and James C. Olson's Professor of Chemistry)
Associate or Adjunct Graduate Faculty
Members of UMKC Graduate Faculty
Members of UMKC Doctoral Faculty
General Information about Undergraduate Programs
Other than University of Missouri admission requirements, there are no special prerequisites for beginning either the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science program. High school chemistry and a good working knowledge of algebra and arithmetic are desirable for entering the bachelor of science program. It should be noted that much of the bachelor of science program, and some of the bachelor of arts program, are highly structured in the order which chemistry courses must be taken. It is assumed that transfer students, Associates degree students, and community college students should have begun the appropriate course sequence in their previous schools. All students are required to consult with an Undergraduate Advisor before their registration at UMKC.
Career Implication of the Bachelor's Degree
Chemistry offers two bachelor of science degree programs. Both require a minimum of 43 credit hours of chemistry courses; they are designed for those who want to work in the field of chemistry. The American Chemical Society approved degree is based on the guidelines established by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and specifically requires Organic and Inorganic Synthesis (CHEM 382) and a Biochemistry course (either CHEM 367 or BIOLOGY 441. Many of those receiving the bachelor of science degree have gone on to graduate work, professional schools, and advanced degrees. Others have gone directly into the chemical industry (laboratory assistants).
In contrast, the bachelor of arts degree is more flexible because it requires only a minimum of 26 credit hours of chemistry. The bachelor of arts student is shown a minimum of what chemistry is about. By choosing suitable courses, this degree prepares the individual with the chemical background for work in other areas. Examples include technical librarian, medical technologist, business administration, public health, and sales or advertising in the chemical industry. The majority of students pursuing the bachelor of arts in chemistry do so in preparation for professional schools, such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. The bachelor of arts can also provide a student with a background in chemistry equivalent to that of a bachelor of science, but tailored to the individual's desires.
Teacher Certification in Chemistry
Certification as a middle school (grades 5-9) science or secondary (grades 9-12) chemistry teacher in or Missouri requires that a student complete a teacher preparation program. Once you complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, you can apply to the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences for the Master of Arts in Teaching program, which prepares you for the teaching profession and teacher certification. A separate application for the Master of Arts in Teaching program is required. For further information about the program, consult the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences section of this catalog or contact the Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at (816) 235-2245.
Students with outstanding records of achievement may be eligible to enroll in special honors courses. Such courses are designated by the letter H preceding the course number, or special arrangements can be made with instructors of regular courses. Students enrolled in the special courses should consult with their faculty advisor to arrange for optimal degree planning.
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all prerequisite and co-requisite courses for all students taking courses within Chemistry. Additionally, students must be concurrently enrolled in all co-requisite courses. In exceptional cases, students may receive written consent to waive one or both of these requirements from the Chair of the Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee by completing and submitting a detailed petition form if approval of the petition is granted.
Academic standing is determined at the end of each semester, fall, spring and summer for each student. Good standing at the university is attained with a University of Missouri (UM) cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Grade Point Average
In general, the UM GPA is calculated by dividing the total grade points earned in courses on any UM campus by the total number of graded semester hours attempted. If a course attempted within UM is repeated, the previous hours and grade point remain in the student's GPA. Courses taken credit/no credit, courses earning grades of S, P, I or AT, and courses transferred from non-University of Missouri institutions are not included in the UM GPA calculations. See appropriate sections below.
Request for GPA Adjustments for repeated courses may be initiated by students and submitted by an Academic Advisor after completion of the repeating attempt. A student’s academic standing may be revised after the GPA adjustment is made in Pathway. GPA adjustments may be used for a maximum of 15 semester hours. See the UMKC Repeated Courses policy and GPA Readjustment form for more information.
If a student’s UM cumulative GPA falls below the 2.0 minimum the student will no longer be in good standing. Students who fail to maintain good standing will be placed on Academic Warning, Probation, or will be declared Academically Ineligible to continue.
First Time College (FTC) students with a declared major will be placed on Academic Warning when their UM cumulative GPA is between 1.5 and 2.0 at the end of their first semester at UMKC.
A student on Academic Warning will have the same requirements as students on Academic Probation as described below. Students may return to good academic standing by raising their UM cumulative GPA to the minimum 2.0 required. If the student cannot raise their UM cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher after the warning semester, they may be placed on Academic Probation for a maximum of 2 (two) additional semesters. After 1 (one) warning semester and 2 (two) probation semesters, the student must return to good standing or be declared academically ineligible to continue as a student in Chemistry and/or UMKC.
First Time College (FTC) students with a declared major in Chemistry will be placed on Academic Probation when their UM cumulative GPA and is below 1.5 at the end of their first semester at UMKC. See Academic Probation below.
Transfer students and continuing students are not eligible to be placed on Academic Warning.
Students with a declared major in Chemistry will be placed on Academic Probation if their UM cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. When a Chemistry student is placed on academic probation as a result of the previous semester grades, the students will be notified prior to the beginning of the next semester through their UMKC email. The student will be required to enter into an Academic Success Contract designed to provide the student with assistance to support a return to good standing. The contact will specify enrollment requirements and keep the advisor and student in close contact throughout the semester to provide additional support. The contract will outline the student’s responsibilities while on probation including, but not limited to the following:
- Return to good standing by raising UM cumulative GPA above the minimum 2.0. OR
- If the student cannot return to good standing after the contract semester, they may be continued on probation for one additional semester if they earn a grade of C- or higher in all contracted courses.
- Participate in additional activities as listed in the contract.
The contract’s requirements may be altered ONLY in consultation with the student’s assigned academic advisor. The requirements of the contract are binding with or without the student signature.
If a student fails to meet the terms of the contract, they may be declared academically ineligible to enroll in future semesters as a student with a declared major in Chemistry.
If a student cannot raise their UM cumulative GPA above 2.0, they may remain on probation one additional semester provided they meet the requirements in #2 above. If a student’s UM cumulative GPA is still below 2.0 after a second semester on probation, they will be declared academically ineligible to continue as a student in Chemistry.
Students who have been placed on academic probation and have returned to good standing may be placed on academic probation again if their UM cumulative GPA fall below the minimum 2.0 required.
Students on academic probation or academic warning that do not meet the terms of their Academic Success Contract become academically ineligible to enroll in future semesters as a student. Students declared academically ineligible will be notified through their UMKC email prior to the start of the next semester.
Graduate Study in Chemistry Information
Both the Master of Science (MS) degree and interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree with Chemistry as the primary discipline have the basic aim of training students to work independently in chemistry. Both programs train the student through a broad but flexible base of coursework for further education, but the interdisciplinary Ph.D. places a greater emphasis on original research.
Master of Science: Chemistry
Chemistry offers the master of science degree, with an emphasis in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, or polymer chemistry. Students may complete a M.S. in Chemistry in a Thesis-Based or in a Non-Thesis Option. The non-thesis M.S. program has an emphasis on coursework, while the Thesis-Based degree has an emphasis on both coursework and original research. Graduating chemistry M.S. students will be exposed to the most recent advances in chemical sciences. In addition, thesis-based M.S. students will experience the excitement of performing guided research.
Students, who have received a grade of B- (2.7) or better in graduate coursework taken as part of a degree program at another institution, may transfer up to 6 credit hours of this work on approval of a majority of the student's committee. A written request for this approval must be submitted within one year of full admission to the program.
Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs at UMKC are interdisciplinary. Students desiring to study at the doctoral level in the discipline of chemistry (as the primary unit) must apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Detailed information on the general and discipline-specific admission requirements for the doctoral degree may be found in the Graduate Academic Regulations and Information section of this catalog.
Students pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree, who have selected chemistry as one of their disciplines, should consult the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog for degree requirements, and other academic regulations applicable to their degree programs. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. with Chemistry as the primary unit has research track only. (For further information on the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program, see the chemistry discipline within the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.)