Jul 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  > Department of Chemistry

Who’s Who in the Department of Chemistry


David M. Hoffman


Steven Baldelli, Mary Bean (Instuctional), Eric R. Bittner, Maurice Brookhart, Chengzhi Cai, Olafs Daugulis, Scott Gilbertson, Arnold M. Guloy, P. Shiv Halasyamani, Eva Marie Harth, David M. Hoffman, Allan J. Jacobson, Karl M. Kadish, T. Randall Lee, Vassiliy Lubchenko, Ognjen Š. Miljanic, Mark Smith, Shoujun Xu

Associate Professors:

Edwin Carrasquillo, Don Coltart, Roman S. Czernuszewicz, Loi Do, Vassiliy Lubchenko, Jeremy May, Ding Shyue Yang, Vladimir Zaitsev (Instructional)

Assistant Professors:

Jakoah Brgoch, Tai-Yen Chen, Robert Comito, Arkadiusz Czader (Instructional), Thomas Teets, Judy Wu, Melissa Zastrow

Co-Chairs of Undergraduate Studies:

Arkadiusz Czader
Vladimir Zaitsev


Chemistry is the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter. Students majoring in chemistry pursue either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry.

Students are strongly encouraged to take the B.S. option. The American Chemical Society has accredited the B.S. program at UH since 1954.

Students considering a major in chemistry should have a strong mathematics background and excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Graduates with a chemistry degree typically find employment in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, and petrochemical industries. In addition, there are opportunities for chemists in law, library and information science, and publishing. Chemistry is also a well-regarded major for those wishing to pursue further education in the medical and related fields.

As preparation for joining the workforce or entering graduate school, chemistry majors are invited and strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research beginning in their sophomore year.