• Learning by doing
    Learning by doing
  • Individual instruction
    Individual instruction
  • Project based learning
    Project based learning
  • Going beyond the classroom
    Going beyond the classroom

The Emory & Henry Chemistry Department has four full time faculty who are actively Chemistry @ E&Hengaged with our students.  At Emory & Henry, your education is our primary focus.  The chemistry faculty have been recognized with four state wide awards for teaching excellence as well as several college wide awards.  Full time faculty within the department teach all classes and labs and use multiple instructional methods in our courses to maximize student learning and best prepare you for success after E&H. 

Chemistry @ E&HClass sizes in the Chemistry Department are typically 5-10 for 300/400 (junior/senior) level courses.  100/200 (first year/sophomore) classes range from 15-36.  The department maintains four labs with advanced instrumentation which is available for laboratory and research use by students.  In addition, there are two dedicated research labs for advanced projects.  We strive to have our first and second year courses staffed by a wide range of supplemental instructors (successful students from prior years that attend class and hold study sessions) and tutors.  The chemistry faculty adhere to an open door policy so that students with questions or in need of help may receive it directly from the faculty. 

For more information, contact Michael Lane.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry- Applied Health Sciences

    To prepare students for admission to pharmacy programs and careers in pharmacy.

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

    To prepare students for graduate study related to chemistry or the health/medical professions and also for employment in various areas of chemistry.

  • Minor, Chemistry

    A student may minor in chemistry by completing Chemistry 111, 111L, 112, 112L, and four courses chosen from Chemistry 211, 212, 211, 212, 221, 230, 240, 312, 313, 330, 430X, and 433.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach chemistry.

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry- Teacher Preparation

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach chemistry.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry

    To prepare students for work as chemists in industry or as teachers.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Exploring the phytoremediation potential of kale plants</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="250" height="333" alt="Holly Roth research" src="https://www.ehc.edu/live/image/gid/11/width/250/height/333/3190_IMG_4176.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image3190 lw_align_left" data-max-w="480" data-max-h="640"/>Senior Holly Roth’s honors thesis research project focuses on measuring the phytoremediation potential of kale plants (<em>Brassica oleracea</em>).   Members of the <em>Brassica</em>(kale, cabbage, broccoli…) family function as “hyperaccumulators” and can extract and store high concentrations of heavy metals.  Holly has developed an experimental design for testing the uptake of lead and copper from contaminated soils by kale plants under several different treatment conditions including pH adjustment and EDTA applications.  Tissue samples from 50 plants grown under varying conditions will be analyzed for lead and copper using atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and the effects of pH and EDTA will be assessed.  </p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Microfluidic Flow Reactor for Chemical Detection</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Senior chemistry and math double major Rebekah Watters (E&H ’18) is designing, fabricating, and testing a system to detect triclosan, a common antibacterial added to consumer products.  Rebekah’s project combines chemistry and engineering by taking a process that normally requires multiple steps and large volumes (think about baking a cake with the volumes and number of steps) and reduces it to a system that fits in the palm of your hand and can be run in a single step.</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide on corrosion of porous silica</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Chemistry major B.G. Loper (E&H ’18) is studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on the corrosion behavior of porous silica glasses in unbuffered solutions.  B.G. is fabricating an environmental chamber that can be purged of carbon dioxide so that the effect can be easily measured.  The results are applicable to a range of industrial practices that utilize unbuffered systems to clean and/or treat materials.</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Biocatalytic Cyclopropanation of Fatty Acid Chains</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Chemistry and Spanish double major Xavier Marshall (E&H ’18) is attempting to prepare cyclopropanated derivatives of fatty acid chains, using the enzyme cyclopropane fatty acid synthase (CFA synthase) as a catalyst. These products would be useful synthetic building blocks in preparing cyclopropanated long-chain ionic liquids, which have shown promise as stationary phases for gas chromatography. CFA synthase, whose natural substrate is <em>cis</em>-unsaturated phospholipids in the membranes of <em>E. coli</em>, might be able to accomplish the cyclopropanation of <em>cis</em>-fatty acid derivatives more efficiently than can be accomplished <em>via</em> conventional organic synthesis. Xavier is preparing a variety of derivatives and formulations of oleic acid to try with CFA synthase.</p></div>