Chemistry & Biochemistry


Geoffrey C. Hoops, PhD, Department Chair


  • Olujide Akinbo, PhD
  • John Esteb, PhD
  • Geoffrey C. Hoops, PhD
  • Todd Hopkins, PhD
  • R. Jeremy Johnson, PhD
  • Joseph L. Kirsch, PhD
  • LuAnne McNulty, PhD
  • Stacy A. O’Reilly, PhD
  • Michael Samide, PhD
  • Anne M. Wilson, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Mark Macbeth, PhD
  • Andrew Sand, PhD


  • Elizabeth Davis, PhD
  • Carl DeAmicis, PhD
  • Laura Herder, PhD
  • Paul Morgan, PhD
  • Alicen Teitgen, PhD

Department Website

Chemistry and Biochemistry Requirements

Why Study Chemistry or Biochemistry?

Chemistry is often referred to as the “central science.” It plays a role in the discovery of better medicines, in the development of safer chemicals for household use, and in the development of the next generation of electronic gadgets. An essential aspect of chemistry is the necessity of doing these things in a sustainable manner.

The study of chemistry or biochemistry will do more than just impart technical knowledge, ideas, and techniques useful in a laboratory setting. It will allow for experiences that will develop problem-solving abilities and critical-thinking skills. Class and conference presentations, poster sessions, and lab reports will help develop proficiency in communicating in a variety of settings. The skills gained can be applied not just to careers in chemistry, but also to careers in healthcare, law, business, and education, and to the pursuit of advanced degrees in a variety of fields.

Why Study Chemistry or Biochemistry at Butler?

The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a supportive yet challenging environment for students interested in studying chemistry or biochemistry at the undergraduate level. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the evolving nature of the chemical sciences. Students are encouraged to pursue undergraduate research with faculty whose expertise spans a wide range of chemistry subdisciplines. Throughout the curriculum, departmental poster sessions, weekly seminars, and project-driven laboratories encourage interaction between students and faculty during and outside class.

Chemistry Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand key concepts related to the physical and chemical properties of matter
  • Communicate within and outside the chemical discipline
  • Develop problem-solving skills through experimentation and analysis
  • Appreciate the relationships among integrity, science, and society
  • Understand how to work safely in a laboratory setting

Biochemistry Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the chemical and physical principles of structure, reactivity, kinetics, and thermodynamics as they apply to biological macromolecular polymers, enzymatic catalysis, metabolic pathways, and the regulation of biochemical processes
  • Acquire and apply specialized language and computer software skills relevant to biochemistry to communicate, in both oral and written forms, within and outside the biochemical discipline
  • Develop problem-solving skills through experimentation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, collaborative projects, and the interpretation of scientific literature
  • Appreciate the relationship between integrity, science, and society
  • Understand how to work safely in a laboratory setting

Degree Programs

  • Major in Chemistry (BS, BA)
  • Major in Biochemistry (BS, BA)
  • Minor in Chemistry