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Mission and Vision

  • Mission Statement

    [The Department of Chemistry] educate(s) a diverse body of students and the public to be inspired and informed citizens through the study of chemistry by providing engaging content, nurturing intellectual curiosity, and imparting transformative skills.

  • Vision Statement

    Impacting the future of our global society through an appreciation of chemistry

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Illinois State

Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, an alumna/alumnus, or "just visiting", I hope you find useful information on these pages.

Prospective Students

At Illinois State, you will have an experience unlike almost any other chemistry department in the country. Our program combines the best of facilities and resources of a large research university with the personal, supportive environment of a small liberal arts college or university. The faculty is made up of individuals that could be successful at large research universities, but have a love of both teaching and research. Three of the past six years a chemistry professor has been named the Outstanding University Teacher.

Discover why Illinois State Chemistry should be your college home

Current Students

Our aim is to provide the best possible preparation for a professional career in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical education. As you likely know, our majors are not the easiest of majors! This website is here to help you find support for you in your studies. Please visit when you need to set up a meeting with a professor or explore research options. If you can't find the information you're looking for, email us.

Alumni and Friends

Time marches on, and we tend to lose contact with each other. Reconnect! Let us know your current contact information. We have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Also, take a few minutes to look around the web site to see how things have changed since you graduated. There are new facilities and many new faculty members. PLEASE send me a quick note and let me know where you are and what you are doing. Those of you who know me know that I truly love chatting with you about life beyond ISU. With your permission, we might share your story with our students--your accomplishments and career paths can serve as sources of inspiration and motivation to current students. We also would welcome a visit back to campus to talk about your experiences with our current students.


In browsing the site, you will find out that ISU Chemistry is a vibrant, exciting place that is dedicated to growing scientific knowledge. We have a passion for teaching in all settings—classrooms, laboratories, and through our many outreach activities. Please visit us in person, but in the meantime, enjoy your cyber-visit!

George Barnes
Department Chair of Chemistry