The department was founded among the first top in the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute. Research of archival materials found that in the 1933-1934 academic year, there was an evening division of study type in Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute, and the eighteen-month teacher training courses for incomplete secondary school. In the absence of funding sources in 1934 evening division of Pedagogical Institute was closed. The eighteen-month teacher training courses reorganized to the Teachers Institute, or, as it was then called, 2-academic year Institute, composed of three departments: Geography, Physics and Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. The teaching staff was extremely heterogeneous. Due to the high turnover of staff, unfortunately, it is not preserved archival materials about who was behind the organization of the department. However, in 1934 there is the Request from the Pedagogical Institute Graduate School Governance to Moscow about the direction of graduates of Pedagogical Institutes to Semipalatinsk for teaching. Also, there is a travel document by 1936 year of Leningrad Pedagogical Institute named by Herzen about the direction of Smagina Z.V. for the teaching work of organic chemistry. Unfortunately, the further fate of Smagina Z.V. was not documented. In 1936, on the Decision of the Council of Peoples Commissars of the RSFSR to the Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute was poured the Petropavlovsk Institute and in 1937 the Semipalatinsk State Pedagogical Institute named after N.K. Krupskaya was opened. New Institute had next faculties: History, Geography, Physics and mathematics, Natural Science, Russian Language and Literature .
In the archival materials the Department of Chemistry is firstly mentioned in 1938. During this period, the department is headed by Kredushinskiy V.A. The department teachers stuff was next: Malakhova L.I., Sennovskiy V.V. Not having scientific qualifications, Kredushinskiy V.A. has the rank of Assistant Professor. He was also the Dean of the Faculty at the same time, teached a Course of general inorganic chemistry, and developed the theme of the thesis “Methods and techniques of chemical experiment in school”. Teacher Malakhova L.I. read the Course of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and developed the theme of the dissertation “The local peat”. Teacher Sennovskiy V.V. read the Course of Analytical Chemistry. In 1939 Sennovskiy V.V. was drafted into the ranks of the Workers and Peasants Red Army.
In 1940, the Faculty of Geography reorganized to Natural-Geographical. War period (1940-1945 years) is characterized by frequent changes in the teachers stuff of the department. In 1939, finished the learning of Tomsk State University Tsarevskaya Galina comes to the chair, who teached a course of analytical chemistry. In 1945, Malevannaya Nadezhda Ilinichna was the Dean of Faculty and the Head of the Department of Chemistry at the same time.
In the postwar period in 1946, the Department updated with new employees. At that time the head of the Department became Konovalov Alexander Mikhaylovich – a graduate of the Leningrad State University. He teached a course of inorganic and organic chemistry. Under his leadership, the Department has such teachers as Tsarevskaya G.B., Malakhov L.I., Pinegin B.M. (graduate of Kazakh State University) Bushmakin A.A.
In 1950, as a result of the reorganization was formed a single department of Chemistry and Botany. Reinfeld Elvira Adolfovna, a remarkable teacher and scholar, a graduate of the Azerbaijan State University, Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, led the newly created chair. A new milestone in the history of the department born in 1953. After separation of the departments of the newly created Department of Chemistry headed Markelov Petr Ivanovich, a graduate of Kazakh State University (1941), Candidate of Chemical Sciences. At that time, the chair topped up by such teachers as Petrenko Zoya Afanasevna, Novikova Margarita Ivanovna, Mynzhanova Zoya Kasenovna. With over ten years experience teaching at the school, Petrenko Z.A. reads Course of teaching chemistry, defended his thesis and became a Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. Close-knit team of young teachers for many years forms the backbone of her. Mynzhanova Z.K. after the end of the Faculty of Natural Science at the Department of Chemistry remains and passes from assistant to senior lecturer. Her hard work is marked by awards and medals: Officer of the Order of Honor, Excellence in Education of the USSR and the Kazakh SSR.
In the 60 years of the department joins a new stream of young and talented teachers and scientists. Staff of the department is equipped with young and talented graduates of the faculty. During this period, the Department is headed by Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Petrenko Z.A. As part of the Department of young teachers: Mynzhanova Z.K., Korobitsyna V.A., Rakhimzhanova K. Panin M.S., Moldagalieva K.A., Radionova V.I., Khokhlova Z.S., Gerasenko B.K. This community of like-minded people for many years was a supporting kernel of the department. Mikhail Semenovich Panin started his pedagogical way at the Department as a Senior Teacher. Reading the lectures of chemical technology discipline, without departing from the teaching activities, he carried out research and defended his thesis in the short time. Graduates of the Faculty of Natural Sciences Moldagalieva Kuliya Abdrakhmanovna, Radionova Valentina Ivanovna, Gerasenko Boris Konstantinovich stayed at the Department and went from assistant to the Senior Teachers, Associate Professors, Head of the Department. For honest work Moldagalieva K.A. was awarded the title of “Excellence in Education of the USSR”.
In 1971 he became Head of the Department Panin M.S. and headed it until 1988. At this time, the Department formed a team of highly professional teaching and research staff: Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Petrenko Z.A.; Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor Baranowskiy B.P.; Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor Gerasenko B. K.; Senior Teacher Mynzhanova Z.K.; Senior Teacher Moldagalieva K.A.; Senior Teacher Radionova V.I.; Senior Teacher Semkina V.M.; Senior Teacher Korobitsyna V.A. In 1979, the Department was completed by a young Kazakh State University Graduate Ibrayeva Lyudmila Sabitovna. After the learning in the Postgraduate School at the Moscow State Pedagogical University Ibrayeva L.S. successfully defended her candidate thesis and received the Degree of Candidate of Chemical Sciences.
In 80-90 years, under the leadership of Mikhail Panin at the Department of Chemistry was formed a scientific school, known both in Kazakhstan and abroad. This fact allowed to many former students of Pedagogical Institute not only acquire deep knowledges, but also to protect the academic postgraduates degree and scientific degree of Candidate of Sciences. One of the first undergraduate degree student was the Boyev Victor Aleksandrovich, now Candidate of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor of Tyumen State University. Teachers of the Department: Candidate of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor Nurekenova A.N.; Candidate of Biological Sciences, Sapakova A.K.; Candidate of Biological Sciences, Korolev A.N. are graduates of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and defended their candidate thesis under the supervision of Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Panin M.S. Young lecturer of the Department Bektemirova A.Yu. led her scientific work in the same direction.
Great contribution to the development of chemical science are contributed by scientific chemists that were graduates of the Faculty of Natural History of the Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute. Mikhail Semenovich Panin – Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, Academician, outstanding scientist in the world for 2007, an honorary citizen of the Semey city, the Winner of State Scientific Scholarship for scientists and experts who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science and technology of Kazakhstan, the author of over 850 scientific articles, and seven monographs.
Under the leadership of M.S. Panin 2 Doctors, 29 Candidates and 40 Masters theses on the scientific problem “Heavy metals and radionuclides in the environment.”In 1998, there was an association of the department “Special Chemical disciplines” (former Semipalatinsk State Pedagogical Institute) and “General Chemistry” (Semipalatinsk State University named by Shakarim). As a result, there was formed the association which consist employers from 38 teachers. The name of this association was “Department of Chemistry”.
In 2004, in due to the reorganization of the university it was re-established to the Pedagogical Institute again.
Department of “Chemistry” is headed by Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor Ibrayeva L.S. The Department consisted next teaching staff: Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Taltenov A.A.; Candidate of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor, Nurekenova A.N.; Candidates of Chemical Sciences, Senior Teachers – Sapakova A.K., Korolev A.N., Senior Teachers – Nurkasymova B.N., Ontagarova D.R., teachers – Temirkhanov A.T., Bektemirova A.Yu., Kobegenova A.I.; Assistant – Sydykova K.T.
In 2005, according to the Decision #3 of the Academic Council (date: 24.01.2005) and in accordance with the Resolution #5 (date: 03.02.2005) of the Semipalatinsk Pedagogical Institute the Department “Ecology and Nature Management” was renamed to the Department of “Ecology and Geography”.
In 2010-2012 the Chair was newly renamed and was called the “Environmental, geographic and chemical disciplines” and released students in the field of “Ecology”, “Geography”, “Chemistry”. At that time the head of the department was Panin M.S.
In 2013 in due to with the reorganization of the university department was renamed the Department of “Chemistry and Geography.” The department is headed Ontagarova D.R., Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. Currently, the department consists next teaching staff: Panin M.S., Professor, Ph.D., Belgibaev M.E., Doctor of Geographical Sciences; Ibrayeva L.S., Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor; Mukaev Zh. Ph.D., Ontagarova D.R. Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor; Nurekenova A.N., Candidate of Chemical Sciences, assistant professor; Sapakova A.K., Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Acting Associate Professor; Kobegenova A.I., Candidate of Chemical Sciences; Rakhimova G.K. Senior Teacher; Senior Teacher; Nurpeysova A.M., Senior Teacher; Shulgaubaev E.K. teacher, Kenesbekova Z.N. teacher.
Preparation of highly skilled professionals, researchers, teaching staff, competitive labor market in the region, could contribute to the maintenance of high cultural and educational status of the country, the formation of civil and moral qualities of graduates in the global educational, scientific and information society, a high quality education and upbringing, preservation and enhancement of cultural, moral and science values of society.