Chemistry


Bachelor of Science

Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree

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The Chemistry Program at Westminster College

Westminster’s Chemistry program uses modern laboratory methodologies to equip students with the skills they need for a successful career in science. Asking questions and making connections across topics lie at the core of the program. Students are encouraged to think critically and chart their own path of study to explore their hypotheses.

Students in the Chemistry program learn to recognize the fundamental chemical theories and principles that drive the science world. You will work in a cooperative laboratory environment, design experiments, and learn how to formulate evidence-based conclusions. And, if you ever need help with classroom and laboratory assignments, free, drop-in assistance is available from the Chemistry Coaching Center.

Who the Chemistry Program Is For

Students in the Chemistry program are naturally curious and want to understand the underlying mechanisms that make up the world. If you are interested in conducting laboratory work and applying theory to practice, the program will give you the tools you need to do so successfully.

What You'll Learn in the Chemistry Program 

  • Content: Students will identify, apply, and analyze concepts across a broad spectrum of chemical disciplines, and use evidence to evaluate interpretations and draw conclusions.
  • Collaboration: Students will actively engage with their peers in small learning teams to collect and process information, exchange ideas, and synthesize knowledge in order to achieve collective goals in a respectful team environment.
  • Laboratory: Students will design and carry out experiments utilizing modern instruments and techniques. Students will interpret their results and revise experiments based upon the information they learn.
  • Communication: Students will communicate chemistry-related concepts, experimental results, and conclusions in written, visual, and oral formats to scientists and non-scientists.
  • Civic Responsibility: Students will develop a global perspective on chemistry issues and engage in practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences.

sample CHEMISTRY courses

  • CHEM-303: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-307: Instrumental Analysis and Lab
  • CHEM-350: Biochemistry
  • CHEM-370: Scientific Computing

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Our Faculty

Frank Black, Ph.D
Associate professor

Robin Hyde, Ph.D
Professor

Jessica Johnston, Ph.D
Associate Professor

 

CHEMISTRY career opportunities

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineering
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Toxicologist

Chemistry Program Plan of Study

Chemistry program students start by taking introductory courses that provide a foundation for future courses. As you move through the program, you will learn how to ask your own questions and develop valuable research skills from hands-on experiences in computational, quantitative, biological, and environmental chemistry.

Liberal Education Courses

 WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

What Are the Key Benefits of the Chemistry Program?

  • Advanced research laboratories and equipment to cultivate your own knowledge
  • Small class sizes that allow you to do collaborative group and laboratory work
  • Classes that advocate for a global perspective on chemistry issues and social responsibility
  • Research opportunities and study abroad experiences where you can apply your skills to tackle real-world problems

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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