Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Florida State University, home of the ChemiNoles. The department has a long history in excellence and is ranked in the top programs in the USA granting BS and PhD degrees. Whether you know us for the patenting of paxitaxel, a highly effective breast cancer chemo-agent; advances in the structure of biological molecules using cryo-electron microscopy and NMR; our development of mass spectroscopy methods, frontier energy research, or our developments in physical and materials chemistry; the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a nationally and internationally award winning faculty. Our faculty not only teach tomorrows STEM leaders of tomorrow; we train entrepreneurial scientists that lead the discoveries that are changing our lives today. Be sure to look at our state art facilities and the web pages of our world leading scholars.

If you are interested in majoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry, let me offer you some important facts about our Department. Our majors develop a deep knowledge and the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. You will find ChemiNole leaders in industry, in academics, at National Laboratories, and as Entrepreneur’s. With a retention rate an undergraduate 4-year graduation rate of 73% with a 90% retention rate and a greater than 95% employment rate for graduating PhD students graduating on an average of 5 years, we lead in educating students at FSU.

Become part of the ChemiNoles by joining our department as a student, a post-doctoral associate, a faculty member, or a donor to the cutting edge science being developed in Tallahassee, Florida. If you graduated FSU as one of our student’s, I would be happy to hear from you or better yet come visit.

Geoffrey F. Strouse (
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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