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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemistry

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204 Physical Sciences Building,
(307) 766-4363
FAX: (307) 766-2807
Web site:
Department Head: Debashis Dutta


DAVID T. ANDERSON, B.S. George Washington University 1987; Ph.D. Dartmouth College 1993; Professor of Chemistry 2012, 2000.

FRANCO BASILE, B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1986; Ph.D. Purdue University 1992; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2009, 2003.

EDWARD L. CLENNAN, B.S. University of Wisconsin-River Falls 1973; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1977; Professor of Chemistry 1989, 1979.

DEBASHIS DUTTA, B. Tech Indian Institute of Technology 1998; Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2003; Professor of Chemistry 2017, 2006.

BRUCE A. PARKINSON, B.S. Iowa State University 1972; Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 1977; Professor of Chemistry 2008.

Associate Professors:

JOHN O. HOBERG, B.A. Jamestown College 1984; Ph.D. Montana State University 1990; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2004.

ELLIOTT HULLEY, B.S. Ursinus College 2005; Ph.D. Cornell University 2011; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2014.

TERESA LEHMANN DELLA VOLPE, B.S. Universidad Central de Venezuela 1987; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1997; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2014, 2008.

BRIAN M. LEONARD, B.S. University of Nebraska at Kearney 2003; Ph.D. Texas A&M 2008; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2016, 2010.

JING ZHOU, B.S. Xiamen University 1997; Ph.D. University of South Carolina 2004; Associate Professor of Chemistry 2013, 2007.

Assistant Professors:

CALEB M. HILL, B.S. Jacksonville State University 2009; Ph.D. University of Alabama 2014; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2016.

LAURA RITA DE SOUSA OLIVEIRA, B.S. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 2010; Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 2017; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2020.

MICHAEL T. TAYLOR, B.S. Salisbury University 2006; Ph.D. University of Delaware 2013; Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2017.

Research Faculty:

NAVAMONEY ARULSAMY, B.Sc. Madurai-Kamaraj University, India 1982; M.Sc. 1986; Ph.D. University of Hyderabad, India 1991; Senior Research Scientist 2013, 2005.

ALEXANDER GORONCY, B.S. University of Bremen; Ph.D. University of South Carolina; Research Scientist 2015.

Adjunct Professors:

YURI DAHNOVSKY, Ph.D. Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow 1983; Adjunct Professor of Chemistry 2001.

MAOHONG FAN, Ph.D. Osaka University 2003; Professor in SER and CEAS; Adjunct Professor in Chemistry 2009.

Senior Lecturer:

CARLA DEE BECKETT, B.S. University of Wyoming 1991; M.S. 2007; Senior Lecturer of Chemistry 2012, 2011.

RACHEL WATSON, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Assistant Lecturers:

KUI CHEN, B.Sc. Xiamen University 1997; Ph.D. University of South Carolina 2004; Assistant Lecturer of Chemistry 2019.

GINKA S. KUBELKA, M.S. University of Wuerzburg, Germany 2010; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2015. Assistant Lecturer of Chemistry 2016.

Professors Emeritus:

Vernon Archer, Daniel A. Buttry, Keith T. Carron, Robert Corcoran, Clyde Edmiston, Anthony Guzzo, Suzanne Harris, Robert Hurtubise, David Jaeger, John Maurer, E.G. Meyer, David A. Nelson, Dean M. Roddick

Senior Lecturer Emeritus:

Patricia A. Goodson

Chemistry is one of the fundamental physical sciences dealing with the structure and properties of matter, along with changes that matter undergoes. Chemistry’s scope encompasses all substances, living and non-living. Its study and practice include (1) the theoretical and experimental aspects of chemical bonding and structure using computational, spectroscopic, and diffraction techniques; (2) the laboratory synthesis from simple starting materials of desirable compounds in the inorganic, organic and biological classes; and (3) the total analysis of complex mixtures using modern spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. Since we live in a material world, applications of chemical knowledge influence most areas of human endeavor: scientific, economic, political and social. Many of the advances in the areas of new materials, medicines, biotechnology, food production, new energy sources and semiconductor technology associated with the “computer revolution” are based on chemistry and chemical principles. Some understanding of these chemical principles should be part of every educated person’s knowledge.

Because of the broad scope of this discipline, the Department of Chemistry offers a variety of courses and programs. These programs meet the needs of students planning professional careers in chemistry and those wishing to major in chemistry for other objectives. In particular, chemistry is a traditional preprofessional major for students interested in medicine and dentistry. Specific courses are offered to serve other major areas and as part of University Studies and A&S core requirements.

Students who have taken an AP examination and have received a score of 4 or 5 may receive credit for CHEM 1020  and CHEM 1030 .

Undergraduate Minor

A minor is offered in the Department of Chemistry. Further information may be found at the web site www.uwyo.edu/chemistry.

Graduate Study

The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy chemistry. The master’s degree is offered mainly under Plan A with Plan B reserved for special circumstances.

The department also participates in the preparation of students for the degrees of master of science in natural science and master of science in teaching (M.S.T.), which are designed to improve the competence of those engaged in science teaching.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog, the Department of Chemistry requires that a student have taken the following undergraduate courses: one year of general chemistry; one semester/quarter of quantitative analysis; one year of organic chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physical chemistry plus laboratory; one year of physics; and mathematics through multivariable calculus. As appropriate, one or more of these course requirements may be waived at the discretion of the department.  




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