Mission Statement:

The mission of the Chemistry Program is to prepare students for graduate study or employment in a vast array of chemically-related fields. The courses are designed to provide a strong knowledge and skills-based foundation for pursuing advanced degrees in the chemical sciences or such health related fields as human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.

Chemistry Program Overview

The chemistry program of Midwestern State University emphasizes personalized instruction and student research.  Students receive direct individual attention by the faculty of Ph.D. chemists in small classes and seminar groups and are encouraged to start work on a research project as early as the second year of study.  This commitment has been supported by over $1.3 million in faculty and departmental research grants and student research scholarships.  Results from undergraduate research projects have been presented at regional and national conferences and published in scholarly journals with international distribution. 

Equipment in the Chemistry Program

Teaching and research laboratories and private research laboratories utilize modern instrumentation including: 

  • High performance liquid chromatography systems with UV/Vis and electrochemical detectors
  • Gas chromatography instruments with flame ionization
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometer
  • A 200 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Single-beam, double-beam and diode array UV/Vis spectrometers
  • Fourier transform infrared spectrometer
  • Electrochemistry work station for cyclic voltammetry and coulometry
  • Atomic absorbance/atomic emission spectrometer with flame, graphite furnace, and hydride generation atomizers
  • Computer controlled thermogravimetric analyzer and calorimetric analyzer
  • Low temperature photon counting fluorimeter for solid and gas samples
  • High precision scanning fluorimeter.
Additionally, students have access to computer software for quantum mechanical and thermodynamic computations, molecular mechanics and results rendering, statistical analysis and graphical presentation of data as well as presentation software for talks and seminars.


Students interested in chemistry scholarships need to inquire with the chemistry department secretary at 940-397-4251(chemistryprogram@msutexas.edu).

The Prescott scholarship is for incoming freshmen.  Students should apply for the Prescott scholarship prior to their freshman year.

The Welch scholarship is for chemistry majors and requires the student to do undergraduate research with one of the chemistry professors.