Chemical compounds,
vital parts of a living system

Chemistry evolved with civilization. In ancient time, potters found beautiful glazes to decorate and preserve their ware. Brewers found a way to make cheese, beer and wine by fermentation. Lye collected from wood ash was used to make soap. Plant extracts and ointments were the main source of food and medicine. Scientists have discovered methods to identify and synthesize these materials in laboratories, which we consume in our everyday life now. If you are curious about the different natures of chemical compounds and their application in real life, major in chemistry!

The chemistry program here at Ozarks is dedicated to equip students with fundamental concepts of molecular science that are central to physical, chemical, and biological nature. The chemistry program offers students the concepts that prepare them to choose career paths in different fields including health, pharmacy, research and development, and academia.

Our goal is to provide conceptual knowledge in classroom followed by hands on experience in laboratory and undergraduate research projects, where students have opportunities to work directly with their professors.



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Natural curiosity leads Dr. Khatiwada to chemistry

Dr. Bal Khatiwada's love of chemistry emanates from a zealous curiosity.

Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together they make a placid and unpoisonous material, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called Chemistry.

Carl Sagan, 1934 – 1996