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Chemistry


Learn chemistry by doing what chemists actually do in our hands-on lab work program!

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Develop Great Chemistry

In our courses, students engage in project-based learning starting from the first course and become competent in running research-grade instrumentation. About two thirds of our graduates go to professional or graduate schools (chemistry, biochemistry, law, medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, engineering); one third go to work in academic, industrial, and government labs.

Organic Lab

Our lab-first curriculum stems from the complete integration of class and lab experiences. Most classes have paired class and lab sessions taught by the same professor during the same semester. We don’t teach you what to find in class, and then later go ask you to find it in lab. We teach you the skills to ask and answer question. Along the way, students learn to collaborate and communicate in small and large diverse groups.

The chemistry department maintains a suite of research-grade instruments that students use from the first to the last class of our curriculum. We offer growth and leadership opportunities outside the classroom through one-on-one faculty-mentored original research opportunities and science outreach events.

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Vera Jevstafjevna Popova (née Bogdanovskaia, 186801897), Russian Empire chemist.

Chemists: Their Work and Lives

Chemists come from all kinds of backgrounds, engage in many different research projects, and have varied personal passions.

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Shanna Dell’10 opted to take a clinical post during the pandemic so she could care for sick people the way she would want to be treated.

Fighting Covid on Multiple Fronts

Public health professional Shanna Dell’10 typically works with nurse-centered HIV pre-exposure prevention, but Covid has changed everything. In her new roles, she’s taking inspiration from fellow nurses who were working with HIV patients long before the disease’s transmission was understood.

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