Department of Chemistry Chairman's Welcome

Welcome to the Hampton University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website.

Your time at Hampton will be filled with enriching experiences. These experiences will be your foundation for successful future careers. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing an educational environment that allows the student to acquire essential knowledge and skills for future careers in research, education, industry, and health-related professions. We offer both the Bachelor's and the Master's degrees in Chemistry. The undergraduate program is approved by the American Chemical Society.

The Department is endowed with a dedicated and highly trained faculty who represent the five sub-areas of chemistry. The Department is also well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. A variety of personal computers are readily available in the department's computer lab, providing space and resources for student use for tutorials, preparation of laboratory reports, molecular modeling, simulations, and Internet connection.

The curriculum prepares students for graduate school, medical and related health professional schools, and careers in industry. Hampton graduates have an exceptional rate of success in securing positions in any of the aforementioned paths. Former graduates have entered advanced degree programs at MIT, Stanford University, Purdue University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, University of Florida, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, and several others. Several graduates have entered medical school at Johns Hopkins, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Rochester, Duke University, and Medical College of Virginia and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

During your tenure here, you will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of scholarly and cultural activities. Involvement in the Chemistry Club and other professional/scholarly organizations can provide enriching extracurricular experiences. We have a very active undergraduate research program and our students are encouraged to participate. Research experience is highly beneficial if graduate school is contemplated.

In addition to university-wide scholarships for which you may be eligible, there are other opportunities through which financial support can be obtained. These include involvement in special programs such as: Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC); Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP); Alliance for Minority Participation in Science (AMPS); The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program and a variety of faculty research programs. Information on these programs can be obtained from the Chemistry Main Office (Turner Hall, room 220).

Should you need additional information on any of the items I have discussed above, please e-mail me at I look forward to seeing you in August.

Willie L. Darby, Associate Professor & Interim Chair