Department of Chemistry

Dr. John H. Hall
Chair
Location: Merrill Hall, Room 104
Phone: (404) 614-3784
Noel Beasley
Administrative Assistant
Location: Merrill Hall, Room 105
Phone: (404) 215-2611


The major in chemistry was instituted at Morehouse College in 1916 when Professor Burwell T. Harvey, B.S., Colgate University, M.S., Columbia University, became the Chairman of the Department. From that time until 1957, there was one graduate from this department to obtain the Ph.D. degree in chemistry. K.A. Huggins (1923) obtained the Ph.D. Degree in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1937. The first chemistry graduate during the 50's to obtain this degree did so in 1957 when Dolphus Milligan earned the Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

From 1957 to 1981, there were 45 graduates from this department to earn the Ph.D. During this period approximately half this number of chemistry graduates obtained MD degrees. Dr. Henry C. McBay served as Chairman during this extraordinary and productive period. In harmony with this historical thrust and the overall objectives of the College, the primary objective of the Chemistry Department is to develop the ability and desire of students to apply the techniques of sustained and objective critical analysis to the solution of problems of scientific and social interests.

Mission & Objectives
The department prepares its majors with a thorough and rigorous background in undergraduate studies in chemistry, so they may successfully pursue graduate studies in chemistry and related sciences or begin careers as professional chemists.

The department also provides quality service courses and services for majors in related departments, such as students interested in physics, engineering, biology, medicine, the allied health professions, etc. Our service courses bear no distinction from the regular courses. It is rather the objective of the student which determines whether he considers any course in chemistry to be, for him, a service course. An important part of the philosophy of our approach is that the chemistry major have a broad background in mathematics and physics, while he is still an undergraduate. Toward this goal, our more serious majors complete the requirements for a cognate major in mathematics and/or physics. As a result of this curriculum, the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society in 1972 placed the Department on the list of Approved Departments. The department's ACS accreditation was continued during 1999 after a successful review.