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.

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Student Profile: Sarah Lewicki '21

Sarah Lewicki '21

Major: Chemistry

"I cannot describe the Chemistry Department without the use of the word family. It will not be long into your four years before you are acquainted with all of the faculty in the department; some of my closest relationships are with professors that I have never had a class with. There are so many opportunities that the department has to offer and no matter what path you take, both the faculty and your peers will support you along the way. Whether you are a chemistry major or minor, participating in undergraduate research or attending the ACS club fun Fridays - this community will make you feel at home!"

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

Phillips ’62 Authors Article on Coronavirus Response

Mon, 19 Oct 2020

Steven PhillipsAn article by Dr. Steven Phillips ’62 argues that the coronavirus pandemic means that the United States is at war and that COVID-19 is “possibly the most lethal [enemy] we…

Williams ’21 Engages with Global PPE Compliance Project

Wed, 07 Oct 2020

Williams KelseyDespite the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Kelsey Williams ’21, it has opened a door to a rewarding internship experience. The physics major, who has a minor in chemistry,…

Detecting COVID-19 Through Saliva Research

Fri, 11 Sep 2020

Elana Stennett and Jenna Hyman, in lab RosenburgAs researchers around the world race to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elana Stennett and Jenna Hyman ’23 have joined the effort by conducting research on…

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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

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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.

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