The Only American Chemical Society Approved Department within 90 Miles of Pittsburg, Kansas

One of only three undergraduate programs in Polymer Chemistry in the U.S.A.

Pittsburg State University's Department of Chemistry prepares students for careers in science, chemical engineering, pharmacy, chemistry teaching, pre-engineering, and other university programs that require rigorous training in chemistry. It offers eight Bachelor of Science Degrees, two Master of Science Degrees, and one minor. 

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Undergraduate Chemistry Program
The Department of Chemistry offers eight Bachelor of Science Degrees, two Master of Science Degrees, and one minor. The professional emphasis is an Ameri­can Chemi­cal Society approved degree plan and is designed to prepare students for professional careers. The education emphasis is designed for the student desiring to prepare for secondary level chemistry teaching.

Undergraduate Polymer Chemistry Program
The Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Polymer Chemistry is designed for students desiring to prepare for high level positions in a polymer related industry, research, and/or for successful application to graduate programs nationally or worldwide.

Graduate Chemistry Program

The Master of Science Degree with a Major in Chemistry is available in two options. Option I, a thesis program, is designed to prepare students for advanced professional careers as chemists in research or industrial settings, or to continue graduate study at PhD granting universities. The Option II program is designed to prepare students for advanced technical positions in chemistry, chemical technolo­gy, or chemical related industry.

Graduate Polymer Chemistry Program

The Master of Science Degree with a Major in Polymer Chemistry provides graduate students access to cutting-edge knowledge, research, and laboratory-based experience in the field of polymer chemistry. Students completing this program will be prepared for careers in high-tech polymer-based industries as well as laboratories in academic institutions, government, and private research settings or for advanced academic study.

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PSU Chemistry Club

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021:
Andrew Chesney
Vice President:
Kinsey Morey
Kyla Jantz
Camryn Cramer
Events Coordinator:
Allen Davis

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020:
: Jhoseline Mendez
Vice President: Andrew Chesney /Sarah Veesart
Treasurer: Ryan Asauskas
Secretary: Kinsey Morey

Contact the PSU Chemistry Club

Chemistry Club Officer Duties 2016-present (PDF)

PSU Pharmacy Club

President: Kristin Peterson
Vice President: Lauren Bieker
Treasurer: Chris Reynolds
Secretary: Joel Gouvion

To contact the PSU Pharmacy Club, send an e-mail to the club's president.
KU Pharmacy Website
UMKC Pharmacy Website


Bruker DPX-300 NMR Spectrometer
A broadband probe is used to obtain Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectra of protons, carbon-13 and other nuclei in liquid samples. Solids are studied with a cross-polarization/magic-angle-spinning (CP/MAS) probe.

DeltaNu Advantage

DeltaNu Advantage 200A
Raman Spectrometer

Oxford Pulsar

Oxford Pulsar
Benchtop NMR Spectrometer
60 MHz Protons

Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Perkin Elmer Aanalyst100
Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Bruker Minispec

Bruker Minispec mq20
Benchtop Time Domain NMR Spectrometer
20 MHz Protons

Mattson Research Series

Mattson Research Series
Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer with an MCT detector

Shimadzu GCMS

Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010S
Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer

Atago AP

Atago AP-100 Automatic Polarimeter

Bruker Microflex

Bruker Microflex MALDI-TOF MS
Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization
Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

Horriba FluroMax

Horriba FluroMax-4

Other instruments not pictured on this page:

  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer
  • Cary 50 Bio Uv-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Parr Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter with a Parr 6772 Calorimetric Thermometer
  • Sorvall RT7 Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge

See student, department, equipment, and historical photos along with videos from our faculty and events.

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About Us
  • Welcome to the Chemistry Department
  • Mission & Vision Statement
  • Connect With Us - Alumni
  • Make a Gift to the Chemistry Department

Heckert-Wells east entranceThe Chemistry Department at Pittsburg State University is the only American Chemical Society Approved Department within 90 miles of Pittsburg.

We are located on first floor in Heckert-Wells. Locate Heckert-Wells using Google Maps or the PSU Map (PDF).

Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry prepares students for careers in science, chemical engineering, pharmacy, or chemistry teaching through Departmental degree programs, pre-engineering, teacher education, and other University programs that require rigorous training in chemistry. The Department also contributes to effective general education and to outreach to K-12 teachers of science working through the Science Education Center. All programs are systematically assessed for effectiveness and revised to continuously improve both rigor and relevance.

Vision Statement

The Department of Chemistry provides excellence in education that conforms to high standards recommended by the American Chemical Society for careers as chemists, technicians, educators, forensic scientists, or in related roles, including stewardship of the environment, promoting safety, and good citizenship. Our faculty and students make significant contributions to the profession, the body of scientific knowledge, and to the region. We also recognize the need for adequate facilities, modern instrumentation, and frequent, well planned assessments in every phase of learning to improve or maintain student learning. Solicitation of outside funding is especially critical for providing expensive equipment, supporting research activities, and for enabling travel for both professional development and reporting to the scientific community.


ALUMNI - Please Update US about "YOU!"
We are very interested in what our alumni are doing!

Use this online form to catch us up or just drop us a note at 'Department of Chemistry, 104 Heckert-Wells, Pittsburg State University, 1701 S Broadway St, Pittsburg, KS 66762'. You can also e-mail us at

If you would like to contribute to the Chemistry Department for scholarships, equipment, or general purpose, visit the Make a Gift to Chemistry website.

The Department of Chemistry would like to thank all those who have been so generous with their contributions. Your contributions help us provide quality education, educational opportunities, and financial assistance to those seeking an education through the Department of Chemistry.

Areas of need for Chemistry include scholarships, equipment, and the general fund. Areas of need for the Polymer Chemistry Program include scholarships, faculty research or teaching of polymer science, and the general fund. You may also contribute to other Chemistry areas of your choosing.

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Contact Information

Interim Chair: Dr. Bobby Winters
Contact: Savannah Sargent
Chemistry Department
104 Heckert-Wells Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7514

Phone 620-235-4748
Fax 620-235-4003

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