Historically Black Bowie State University in Maryland will launch a new bachelor’s degree program in chemistry in the Spring 2020 semester. The new program will prepare students for advanced degrees and careers in chemistry-related fields in the medical and technology industries.
The new chemistry major – within the department of natural sciences – will serve as a pipeline for students to further their education or begin a career in disciplines such as medical sciences, engineering, and nanotechnology, which is beneficial in technology and health industries. Chemistry will join the majors in bioinformatics, biology and science education within the department.
“The new chemistry program will augment the biology program in providing students the foundation needed to pursue a career in nursing, environmental sciences, pharmacy, drug discovery and synthesis, forensics, and related careers that are now in very high demand,” said Dr. George Ude, department chair. “The distinguishing character of the new chemistry program will be lectures supported by hands-on and inquiry-based laboratory activities for all students.”
Dr. Ude is a graduate of the University of Ife in Nigeria. He holds a master’s degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and a Ph.D in plant breeding and genetics from the Univesity of Maryland at College Park.