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Designed for the Sciences

Photo of Sundquist Science ComplexAustin Peay’s science building is one of the South’s premier science teaching facilities, offering students unsurpassed convenience, safety and educational research opportunities. The Sundquist Science Center houses the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

  • The American Chemical Society approved program requires and encourages student undergraduate research. This $35 M facility has abundant lab space for undergraduate research.
  • All chemistry labs have state of the art exhaust hoods so students work safely and comfortably. Hoods are part of the equipment for every student lab desk in the organic laboratory.
  • Building air is continually replaced to provide a safe and comfortable environment.
  • Laboratory computerized major analytical instruments available for hands on use by students include:
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC);
    • Gas Chromatograph with a Mass Spectrometer detector (GC/MS);
    • Electrospray Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (ESI-TOF-MS);
    • Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometer (FTIR);
    • Diode array UltraViolet, VISible, and near infrared spectrometer (UV/VIS);
    • Fluorescence Spectrometer;
    • Electrochemica Analyzer (EChem);
    • Atomic Absorption spectrometer (AA);
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC); and
    • Fourier Transform superconducting Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer (FT-NMR).

A Program without Equal

The science faculty is excited about the opportunities this new facility offers for high quality science programs in chemistry, biology and physics. Here’s what some distinguished graduates have to say about the Austin Peay science program and faculty.

The chemistry program prepared me well for what was to come: medical school, residency and pediatrics. And I felt that the entire department cared about me as a student and as a person.
Dr. Jeff Beardmore, pediatrician, Arnett Clinic, Lafayette, Indiana

I attended dental school with students from schools all over the South. And the preparation I received in chemistry was as strong as theirs in every way: lectures, labs, everything.
Dr. Jay Yarbrough, dentist, Clarksville, Tenn.

“It’s a great program. Rigorous, but great. And the small student-to-faculty ratio is important. You know the faculty; they know you.”
Rhonda Banasiak, medical technologist, Northcrest Medical Center, Springfield, Tenn.

I matured through the gentle guidance of the faculty. Rather than simply filling me with information, they taught me to think through the complex issues life brings.
Ron Holcomb, consulting manager, Virchow Krause & Co., Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to providing me with a solid background in physics, the faculty gave me an opportunity to participate in research and to analyze and solve problems. The skills I learned have served me well throughout my career.
Jim Roe, principal engineer, Computer Sciences Corporation, Huntsville, Ala.