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!"

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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

Widing ’22 Earns Research Scholarship to Germany

Tue, 11 May 2021

Widing and Elana Stennett in lab KColtonWith the support of a prestigious scholarship, Charlie Widing ’22 will research water purification techniques at the Technological University of Berlin this summer. Charlie Widing ’22, who has been studying…

New STEM Research Stipends for HWS Students

Tue, 27 Apr 2021

Summer Research 2 “HWS research students are not laboratory assistants; they are co-investigators into our unknown world. They design experiments, collaborate within their labs, with other labs on campus often from other departments, and with labs at other institutions. Thanks to the Sherman Fairchild Foundation’s support and other ongoing initiatives, we anticipate the number of research students on campus this summer to reach an all-time high,” says Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs Joe Rusinko.

Improving Filtration for Cleaner Water

Fri, 23 Apr 2021

Kilmer and Stennett KColton-0092BUsing water pressure and a series of filters, reverse osmosis is a common method of water purification. But as Noah Kilmer ’21 explained in his recent Senior Symposium presentation, it “has been plagued by biofouling, which is the buildup of biological material that makes the membrane less efficient, much like the buildup of leaves at the end of a gutter.”

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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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