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Learn chemistry by doing what chemists actually do! Hands-on lab work is central to our 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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30th Annual Girls and Women in Science Conference

Girls and Women in Science is a minds-on, hands-on science workshop for 6th grade girls, along with their teachers and parents. The girls will get the opportunity to explore science and mathematics through two days of experiments, activities, and interactions with science professionals. The girls, teachers, and parents, will work with Beloit College students and faculty.


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