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Department of

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.

IR operation

Michael Lafayette ’20 observing in field

Genetic research on live Red-winged Blackbirds

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Alyssa Morris

Summer Science: Alyssa Morris and Kristin Labby

Alyssa and Kristin’s literature research project seeks to compile protocols for pigment syntheses that are suitable for the undergraduate chemistry lab

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