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The Department of Chemistry provides students with quality Christian education training in science, technology and engineering using basic chemical principles underpinned in biblical principles. The Department offers intensive training that prepares its graduates to serve humanity as chemists, chemical engineers, biochemists, and health care professionals.

The department has a high placement rate for its graduates into graduate schools, professional schools, and employment. Classes are taught by friendly professors who have an interest in spiritual development, mentorship, and career development for all students. Faculty are involved in publication-quality research using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in chemistry and biochemistry.

Ask an old chemist what he would like most, and his answer would be, ‘’a young chemist.” This statement describes the atmosphere of enthusiasm about chemical and biochemical research that permeates the department. Indeed, chemistry at Oakwood University will empower a student in his/her critical thinking skills that integrate theories and methods of modern chemistry and biochemistry for their future careers. The quality of our training, internship and enrichments programs have contributed to our high ranking with Oakwood being listed as one of the 23 historically Black colleges that are most productive for Black scientific talent.

Why should you join OU’s Chemistry department?

  1. Very high placement rate for our graduates
  2. Highly trained and friendly faculty and staff who are passionate about student success
  3. Spiritual nurture and community of students with high goals and aspirations
  4. Opportunities to pursue research and mentorship by faculty using state-of-the-art equipment including InfraRed, Fluorescence, NMR, UV/Vis spectroscopy and nanotechnology
  5. Involvement in community service and outreach efforts


Our Mission

Our department shares in the mission of Oakwood University – to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity. This transformation involves excellence in teaching, research, and service. We endeavor to make discoveries and advancements in chemical and biochemical research and integrate such knowledge as well as other newly discovered knowledge into all our programs through practical applications.


Department News

Chemistry department faculty wins NSF Research grant



  • Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (B.S.)


  • Chemistry



CH 100 : Chemistry in Society
This course is designed for those not majoring in the biological sciences such as nursing and allied health majors. It is a basic study of the structure and function of the human organism, including the cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Three hours of laboratory are required each week. Does not apply toward a major or minor in biology.


CH 211 : Quantitative Analysis and Lab
The fundamental principles of quantitative analysis using gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrophotometric measurements. (previously Analytical Chemistry and Lab) Prerequisite: CH 142


CH 331 : Nutritional Biochemistry
A study of metabolism, macronutrition, vitamins, trace elements, food additives, and processing. Does not apply to a major in biochemistry. Prerequisite: CH 312. Offered when required.


CH 141-142 General Chemistry & Lab

This course is a two-semester course designed to teach fundamental laws and theories of chemistry with emphasis on imparting mathematical and chemical problem-solving skills for students majoring in chemical, biochemical and biological sciences. It unpacks the relationship between atomic and molecular structures in the study of matter. Concepts taught include measurements, states of matter, chemical formulas, equations, stoichiometry among others. This course will provide students with knowledge on foundational principles of chemistry.

CH 211 Quantitative Analysis & Lab

This course will impart students with skills to know and understand the composition of a sample using various chemical techniques. The course teaches fundamental principles of quantitative analysis using gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrophotometric measurements. Prerequisite: CH 142 General Chemistry II and Lab.

CH 311 Organic Chemistry & Lab

This course will help students to deeply understand the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds.  It will give students skills to create and explore organic compounds and molecules with a variety of use including environmental, pharmaceutical, and consumer products. the composition of a sample using various chemical techniques. The course teaches mechanisms of organic reactions, organic synthesis, spectroscopy etc.

CH401 Biochemistry & Lab

This course is designed to help students study chemical and biochemical structure of biomolecules and how these structures relate to cellular function. Biochemistry seeks to explain the rationale and interventions in medicine, industrial processes, agriculture, research etc. Students are challenged to critically think and use their problem-solving skills to design experiments that address day-to-day problems. This course teaches topics in proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and all relevant structures as well as their metabolic processes at the molecular level. A study of various biochemical techniques is also integrated in this course to help students solve real life problems.