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Department of Chemistry

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

The chemistry program at Frostburg State University has a long-standing tradition of providing students with excellent preparation for meaningful careers as well as for post-baccalaureate education. The program's strength lies in a caring faculty who challenge students and provide opportunities for mentoring and quality personalized instruction.

A degree in chemistry from Frostburg State University is your key to a career full of engaging challenges and innovations that can help the entire world. With four concentrations to choose from, Frostburg can prepare you for a variety of careers in medicine, biomedical research, pharmacy and industry positions, or you can take advantage of FSU’s enviable acceptance rate into graduate programs and prepare yourself for a Masters or Ph.D.

Our chemistry program focuses on active learning and real-world projects at a time when experience is becoming more important to landing that first job. We offer students over 400 hours of hands-on laboratory experience, open-ended projects in many courses, collaborative research projects, and the opportunity for internships to make you stand out to future employers.

News from the Chemistry Department

Benjamin Norris

Dr. Benjamin Norris authored a blog post for NACADA (the Global Community for Academic Advising) Region 2, entitled "Promising Practices: A Faculty Advisor on Appreciative Advising and Virtual Advising Strategies". Dr. Norris shares how he builds relationships with first-year STEM students and how the pandemic has changed his advising approach. Click here to read about Dr. Norris's advising strategies.

Sophia Staggers

Chemistry student Sophia Staggers spent time during the summer of 2020 doing research related to SARS-CoV2, the virus causing the disease responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about her research and her experience as a chemistry major at FSU.

Dr. Holly Currie

Dr. Holly Currie recently published a commentary in the Journal of Chemical Education on the positive impact that mindfulness and well-being can have on student learning. Dr. Currie has been incorporating mindful practices into her courses, including a new course that helps students develop better learning strategies.  Read her commentary here!

Amie Lette class of 2017

Alumni Profile: Amie Lette '17

Amie is a current PharmD student at the University of Maryland. While at FSU, Amie was the President of SMACS and did a summer research internship at UMD.

Brandi Binkley

Alumni Profile: Brandi Binkley '20.

Brandi is a recent graduate from the Biochemistry Concentration, and is entering a PhD program at WVU. While at FSU, Brandi presented her research at two regional conferences: Allegheny-Erie Society of Toxicology Regional Chapter and the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS. She also attended the national Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society convention.

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The Chemistry major now has a Pre-Pharmacy Concentration to help prepare FSU students to enter PharmD programs. Read more about it in our Program Information.

Dr. Matthew Crawford

Dr. Matthew Crawford became the chair of the Chemistry Department in June of 2020. Congratulations Dr. Crawford, and thank you to Dr. Robert Larivee for serving as Department Chair for 15 years!

Symbolic Mathematics for Chemists book cover

Dr. Frederick Senese published a book: Symbolic Mathematics for Chemists. This book is a guide for chemists and chemistry students on using Maxima, a popular open source symbolic mathematics program. You can purchase this book the Wiley Store.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the department with any questions or concerns at the following addresses and numbers:

Department of Chemistry
Frostburg State University
Compton Science Center 351
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2303

Phone: 301.687.4298
Fax: 301.687.7966

Dr. Matthew Crawford, Chair
Office: 339C Compton Science Center
Phone:  301.687.4940


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