FVSU to offer minor degree in chemistry

Dr. Dwayne Daniels, FVSU chemistry professor, in lab with students.

June 12, 2015 – Fort Valley State University’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors will soon have a brand-new offering that will broaden their expertise and expand their professional development.

Starting fall 2015, the university’s chemistry department will offer a minor in chemistry. The program was approved during an FVSU faculty senate meeting this spring.

“The creation of the chemistry minor is but one example of the responsiveness and dedication to student concerns that characterize our wonderful faculty,” said Dr. Uppinder Mehan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Dwayne L. Daniels, chair of the chemistry department, and Dr. Robin Bright, associate professor of chemistry, are responsible for launching the program.

“The chemistry minor will give other STEM majors a leg up on the competition for jobs and for graduate and professional school,” Daniels said. “We feel it will also lead to more students taking upper division classes in the department.”
Daniels said the offering was created to meet the growing demands of students.

“There were many students majoring in math and science that are required to take chemistry,” said Dr. Dwayne Daniels, chair of the chemistry department. “Many were asking the question how could they obtain a minor in chemistry.”

In order to earn this minor, FVSU students will be required to take 15 credit hours. When it launches this fall, students will have a selection of the following courses that will include Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry.

Daniels says the minor will also help students to become better critical thinkers.

“After graduation, students who earn this minor will become good problem solvers and be able to do high-level lab work,” Daniels said. “Getting a minor in this field will also help students get into graduate or professional schools.”

For details, contact the chemistry department at (478) 825-6840.



Christina D. Milton, writer/Social Media Specialist
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