students in planetarium

The Chemistry and Physics programs are located in Herty Hall and Beeson Hall, respectively. The buildings house several innovative teaching spaces including a 64-seat studio laboratory, and faculty laboratory spaces for carrying out undergraduate research. Courses and research are supported by a wide variety of chemical and physical instrumentation.

Student Research Opportunities

We have a long history of scientific research conducted by students. Faculty members lead active research groups in which students acquire introductory to intermediate experimental and computational skills. Our students have contributed work that has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences. A certain number of research credit hours are required for graduation (CHEM 4999 and PHYS 4999). In addition, the top students of each class are encouraged to apply for the Chemistry and Physics Scholars Program.

Chemistry and Physics Scholars Program
Each year, applicants are selected to receive a yearly research stipend. These funds are renewable annually, and serve to support research with a professor in an area of chemistry, physics, or astronomy. For example, the funds can be used to purchase research equipment, or to reimburse conference travel. The application and selection process are part of the First-Year Academic experience, but it is open to all class levels. Eligibility and guidelines for the scholarship are outlined in the documents below:
Chemistry: Scholars Conditions and Contract
Physics/Astronomy: Conditions and Application

Other Scholarships
The Chemistry and Physics Programs also award several scholarships annually to our best majors. These include the Jesse Trawick Scholarship and Sarah and Abraham Marks Scholarship. Students may apply for these through the Georgia College Unify login system. Check with the financial aid department for details on university scholarships and the Honors College for information about external scholarships.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs will be listed here.

Laboratory Equipment

Students and faculty have direct access to an array of computers and instruments which gives students the exposure they need to be successful. Faculty members have private research spaces equipped with fume hoods and ChemTop benches. With the May 2017 renovation of Beeson Hall, the Physics Program gained a state-of-the-art machine shop with a CNC mill. A new, high-definition and fully digital planetarium complements one of the largest research-grade telescopes in the southeast.

  • Varian 60-MHz FTNMR Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer - photo
  • SPD-20A Shimadzu High Performance Liquid Chromatograph - photo
  • UV-2401(PC) Shimadzu UV-Vis Spectrophotometer - photo
  • Dual processor PowerMac G5s with SCM's Density Functional Software and AutoDock 4 installed
  • Atomic Absorption Spectro AA  - photo
  • Rotary Evaporators Rotary-Vap - photo
  • Sorvall ST-16 Centrifuge - photo
  • 24-inch Planewave Telescope inside a 16-ft dome - photo
  • Shelyak LISA High-Luminosity Spectrograph - photo
  • 24-seat HD Digitalis Planetarium - photo
  • Mac Pro six-core 16 GB computer (plus 10 TB of data/backup) - photo
  • 3D Printer - photo
  • Lincoln Electric 275 Precision Tig Welder - photo
  • Colchester 600 Lathe - photo
  • Milling Machine Powermatic 8291 - photo
  • Matsusada High Voltage Power Supply - photo
  • Oerlikon Turbo Pump - photo
  • Victor Technologies Cutmaster 102 (Plasma Cutter) - photo

The Science Education Center

The Science Education Center at Georgia College is dedicated to excellence in science teaching and learning. The Center is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. Through courses, workshops, camps, scientific competitions, partnerships, curricular and other educational activities, the Center acts as a vehicle for enhancing science education for students from P-16.


The Oconee Area Strategic Initiative in Science (OASIS) is a consortium chartered in 2001 to address challenges and solutions in K-16 science in the seven partner counties (Baldwin, Hancock, Jasper, Johnson, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson). OASIS involves K-12 teachers, business representatives, Oconee RESA consultants, and Georgia College faculty and students.