The study of chemistry, notably defined as the "central science," prepares students for success in numerous occupations including medicine, environmental fields, industry, teaching, and law enforcement. The department of chemistry and biochemistry at Millsaps College is accredited through the American Chemical Society to offer the ACS degree certification in chemistry with an organic, biochemistry, or general chemistry track. The ACS certified degree program provides rigorous, in-depth training for majors, better preparing them for graduate studies in chemistry or other advanced fields and verifies that the department of chemistry and biochemistry is staffed by accomplished faculty, supported by a modern infrastructure, and maintains a strong, cohesive curriculum. Faculty provide an exceptional and supportive teaching environment as well as excellent mentoring and advising for all students.

  • S. Keith Dunn—Millsaps College

    S. Keith Dunn

    Professor of Chemistry, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

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    B.S., Erskine College; Ph.D., Indiana University

    "I teach physical chemistry—that noblest of all pursuits! I’ve long been fascinated with how things work, why things work, and understanding the driving forces that determine why some processes happen spontaneously while others do not. Physical chemistry provides answers to those questions.

    "The universe in which we live is a fascinating place. It seems to be divided into two distinct realms, where the connections between those realms are difficult to uncover. The microscopic realm of objects the size of molecules and atoms (and smaller) is governed by the probabilistic laws of quantum mechanics, where it is literally impossible to determine the outcome of an isolated event. The macroscopic realm, on the other hand, is completely predictable (governed by cause and effect relationships). Physical chemistry reveals the answers as to how a collection of individual particles, governed by probabilistic processes, lead to macroscopic systems whose behavior is predictable, and to some significant degree controllable. How cool is that?!"

  • Wolfgang H. Kramer—Millsaps College

    Wolfgang H. Kramer

    Professor of Chemistry

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    Candidate Chemist, M.S., Ph.D., University of Cologne

  • L. Lee Lewis Maggio

    L. Lee Lewis Maggio

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

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    B.A., B.S., Mississippi College; Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

  • Kristina L. Stensaas

    Kristina L. Stensaas

    Professor of Chemistry

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    B.A., Ph.D., University of Wyoming

  • Cory G. Toyota

    Cory G. Toyota

    Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

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    B.S., Mississippi College; Ph.D., University of Florida

  • Timothy Ward

    Timothy Joseph Ward

    Professor of Chemistry, Berry Family Chair in Science

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    B.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., Texas Tech University

    "Education has profoundly transformed my life and opened many doors I never dreamed imaginable. Science is an integral part of my approach to life and has greatly influenced my worldview. The unique perspective science provides has led me to more fully enjoy life and has compelled me to share that joy and discovery with my students.

    "I began my journey at the University of Florida, with stops at Texas Tech University, Syntex Pharmaceuticals and finally Millsaps College.  Here I have found a home where I have had the opportunity to work with many talented faculty and students. With the help of my colleagues, I led the effort to build the W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology. As Director of the lab, I am able to help students engage in many different kinds of undergraduate research projects as well as guide them to develop unique skill sets that will aid them later in life. It is an immense feeling of accomplishment to work in an atmosphere that is truly cooperative and interdisciplinary, where every student contributes and feels engaged in our various research projects.

    "I have tried to make as many of these opportunities accessible to my students as possible to help them realize their own dreams and aspirations.  As Associate Dean of the Sciences I am fortunate to foster a culture of inquiry, and pursuit of excellence among faculty and student alike. The courses I teach are General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, and Principles of Chemical Separations. When not in the lab or in the classroom, I enjoy watching sports, boating, riding my Harley, and spending time with my family."