Chemistry

JBU’s chemistry program encourages independent thought and creativity through a hands-on education model. Chemistry courses develop in students a scientific attitude, give practice in the experimental method, provide training in laboratory techniques, establish the background for specialized chemical professions and acquaint students with the chemistry of the local and global environment.

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Students and professors share what makes JBU's chemistry program unique.

Publish Research

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #1

Publish Research

Students work with faculty on their research – like Francis Umesiri’s anti-cancer and tuberculosis drug research – and have the opportunity to publish in national scientific journals.

Tailor Your Degree

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #2

Tailor Your Degree

During their sophomore year, biochemistry students can apply for our pre-health professions program for a course route geared specifically toward students headed to medical school after graduation.

Use Trendy Tools

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #3

Use Trendy Tools

JBU labs have the latest technology and equipment available for student academic research and exploration: an aquarium, a greenhouse, radioisotope lab, tissue culture lab, research lab and an anatomy and physiology lab to name a few.

Get Into Grad School

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #4

Get Into Grad School

Approximately 75-80 percent of JBU students who apply to schools of health professions are accepted after their first attempt. The success rate approaches 100 percent upon reapplication during the following year.

Take Cool Classes

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #5

Take Cool Classes

Explore interesting classes and topics like medicinal chemistry, nanotechnology and, believe it or not, glassblowing.

Work with Accessible Professors

Six Reasons to Study Chemistry at JBU

Reason #6

Work with Accessible Professors

JBU labs are capped to 20 students so that professors can provide students with focused guidance.

Carla Swearingen

Faculty Profile

Carla Swearingen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Swearingen loves mentoring students on their educational and spiritual journey while teaching chemistry and physical science. Married with three daughters, she enjoys cooking and yoga.

Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
B.A., Hendrix College

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Francis Umesiri

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Francis Umesiri

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Umesiri sees chemistry as a way to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation at the molecular level. His research is focused on development of small molecule anti-infective agents.

Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.S., Central Michigan University
B.S., University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria

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Susan Newton

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Susan Newton

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Newton loves to apply the principles of chemistry to things students see in daily life and create competition through drills that require students to recall information taught in class.

Ph.D., University of Arkansas
M.S., University of Arkansas
B.S., John Brown University

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Jordan Rowe '12

Jordan Rowe '12

Jordan Rowe graduated from the natural sciences department at JBU and is in the third year of pharmacy school at the University of Arkansas (Little Rock). She also works as a pharmacy intern in a community pharmacy. “My education at JBU helped me be prepared for the level of difficulty and the pace of pharmacy school,” Rowe said. “I was able to score well on the PCAT which gave me my pick of the pharmacy schools to which I applied.”