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Chemistry FlasksThe Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program in Chemistry prepares students for careers in industry or government, graduate or professional study, or secondary school teaching (Chemistry with Minor in Education).

By means of a rigorous program of chemistry courses through formal classroom instruction, laboratory exercises involving wet chemistry, instrumentation, computer software packages, and appropriate directed study and research, students obtain a strong academic background in chemistry and its applications.

The curriculum offers flexibility for students to design and prepare for their chosen career or educational path by selecting appropriate electives based on their particular area of interest.

ASSIST Scholarship Program

We are excited to announce a new scholarship program: Athens State Scholars in STEM (ASSIST). This is a National Science Foundation-funded scholarship available to students majoring in the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Mathematics. Students accepted into this program will receive yearly scholarship funds and access to additional support programs including faculty mentoring, peer support activities, online tutoring, and career development activities such as travel to professional conferences and/or research materials. The goal of this program is to help our STEM students efficiently complete their degrees and enter the workforce and/or graduate school.


Marguerite Tyler
Marguerite Tyler (1881-1969)

Professor of chemistry at Athens College from 1936 to 1941, Dr. Tyler earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her students remembered her as a tough but fair professor, especially if you were interested in chemistry. She influenced the careers of gifted students such as June Aycock Foley, later a notable pediatrician in Huntsville who continued her education at Vanderbilt University.

In 1941, federal agents appeared on campus to speak privately with Dr. Tyler and recruit her for a highly classified project. She left Athens for Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of the team that worked on the “Manhattan Project” to develop the first atomic bomb.