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Chemistry and Applied Chemistry

Program Overview

Program Overview

Chemists work in a variety of sectors including medical, industrial, governmental, educational, environmental and nonprofit. This degree opens doors to a plethora of opportunities, offering training in fundamental chemistry areas such as organic, inorganic, physical, biological and analytical chemistry. Embark on an educational journey that goes beyond the basics, providing you with the chance to delve into advanced topics like green chemistry, polymers and nanomaterials, driving groundbreaking innovations.

While anyone can choose the Chemistry degree, it is primarily designed for people interested in pursuing graduate school in chemistry with the goal of becoming a chemist or professor.



Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Stephen Opoku-Duah headshot

    Steve Opoku-Duah

    Langford Professor of Chemistry and Chair

    Dr. Steve Opoku-Duah was born in Ghana and completed a bachelor's degree in engineering science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in his native country. He obtained...

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  • Brian Cavitt headshot

    Brian Cavitt


    T. Brian Cavitt is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Lipscomb University. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Missions from Abilene Christian...

    Meet Brian Cavitt
  • Kent Clinger headshot

    Kent Clinger

    Adjunct Faculty

    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

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  • John Smith

    John Smith


    Smith grew up in New Jersey where he attended Drew University, earning his B.A. in Chemistry with a Writing minor. He then worked in publishing before heading to graduate school...

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  • Matt Vergne headshot

    Matt Vergne

    Associate Professor

    Matt Vergne joined the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy in 2013. Dr. Vergne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Harding University, and he earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry...

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  • Joseph Weinstein-Webb headshot

    Joseph Weinstein-webb

    Assistant Professor

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Career Paths


Chemists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.

Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.


Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.