Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
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.
Who It's 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.
- 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
About the Program
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 availible from the Chemistry Coaching Center.
What You'll Learn
- Master fundamental chemical concepts and have knowledge of advanced chemical principles across a broad spectrum of chemistry disciplines
- While working within a cooperative laboratory environment, students will be able to design experiments, carry those experiments out, and utilize modern instruments and techniques effectively. They will demonstrate their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by showing their ability to interpret their results and design new experiments based upon them.
- Effectively communicate chemistry-related concepts and experimental results and conclusions in written, visual, and oral formats to scientists and non-scientists
- Develop leadership skills, a global perspective on chemistry issues, and engage in practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences
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
Principles of Chemistry and Lab
In this general introductory course, you will explore atomic structures, states of matter, trends in the periodic table, and chemical reactions and equations through a combination of class discussions and laboratory activities.
Organic Chemistry and Lab
Through this course, you will discover the structures, properties, and reactions among organic compounds. Students study the physical and chemical properties of all carbon compounds addressing nomenclature, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and more.
- Analytical chemist
- Chemical engineering
- Clinical biochemistry
- Healthcare scientist
- Forensic scientist
- Research scientist
In addition to an academic major and a teaching major, the Chemistry program offers an academic minor and a teaching minor in chemistry. By incorporating chemistry into your studies, you will be better prepared for fields that require comprehensive reasoning skills.
Tuition and Aid
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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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