The chemistry curriculum is designed for students with a wide variety of interests and needs and is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Chemistry students earn a degree that has prepared them for immediate employment as a chemist or for admission to a graduate/professional school.

Chemistry students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed with classroom and lab components that build a strong foundation in modern chemistry techniques and methods.

Student Resources

Student Profile: Ashton Ariola '22

Ashton Ariola '22

Major: Chemistry

"Chemistry is at the base of everything; it reveals the “why” behind natural phenomena. This is the primary reason I chose to major in chemistry and learn the explanations for much of what happens in our everyday lives. I love the endless research and practical applications. Working through difficult concepts to reach the point of understanding and mastery is extremely rewarding."

Meet Our Faculty

Through hands-on lab work and research collaborations with the chemistry faculty, you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of scientists, scholars, innovators and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Chemistry News

Pandemic Explained: Carey ’71 on CDC Labs

Wed, 25 Mar 2020

covid-19-pandemic-CareyDr. Roberta Barnes Carey ’71, retired director of the Laboratory Quality Management Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers a glimpse of the preparations, response measures…

Pandemic Explained: Linton on COVID-19 Response and What to Expect Next

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

Linton-Derek1A national authority on the history of medicine and immunology, Professor of History Derek Linton reflects on the international response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what history can —…

Exploring Public Policy in D.C.

Wed, 11 Mar 2020

PLEN-confrence-newDuring winter break, several students in the Hobart and William Smith chapter of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) traveled to Washington, D.C. to network and attend workshops with leaders…

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Ryan Davison '17

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Irvine

Current Location: Irvine, Calif.

Major: Chemistry

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Sample Courses

Class Complete Course List

Organic Chemistry I
Discover the structure, mechanism, reactions, synthesis and practical methods for structure determination by studying organic molecules. The lab portion of this course emphasizes learning modern techniques and the identification of compounds using spectroscopic methods.

Pre-Health at HWS

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is an ideal place to prepare for a career in the health professions. Over the past five years our placement rate for medical, dental and veterinary school applicants has exceeded 80%, well above national averages. Many recent graduates are also now successful physical therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and a variety of other clinical practitioners.

Students who are planning to enter medical or dental schools are advised to take the following courses in chemistry: 110 and 120 or 190; 240, 241, 320, and 348.

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