Vision and Mission Statement

Department of Chemistry Statement of Vision

The Department of Chemistry endeavors to be a nationally-recognized model for educating and graduating students prepared to compete in and contribute to the ever-changing, technology-centered world of the 21st century.  To achieve this vision the department is committed to providing a course of study for undergraduates in the chemical sciences which combines curriculum, scholarship and service/engagement opportunities that are high-quality, innovative and intellectually challenging and employ state-of-the-art technologies.

Department of Chemistry Statement of Mission

The mission of the Appalachian State University A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry is to advance the chemical sciences through the education of undergraduate students by providing them with quality classroom, research and service opportunities. With a high standard for excellence in all three areas the department will produce students who are knowledgeable in chemistry and can think critically. 

In support of our mission the Chemistry Department faculty members strive to:

  • Act as mentors to undergraduates through advising them in research.
  • Teach students the value of cross-disciplinary thinking by providing them with educational and research opportunities between chemistry and other fields of study.
  • Promote innovative curriculum development while exposing students to advanced instrumentation and technology.
  • Foster multi-disciplinary curriculum development to provide students with a breadth of course options in Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, Environmental Science, Polymer Science and Chemical Education.
  • Encourage community engagement by providing students with service-learning and community-based research opportunities.
  • Serve as good role models to students for safe and ethical professional behavior.
  • Provide high quality academic advising for all majors.
  • Encourage students to value diversity and to develop a global perspective through international experiences in chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.