Chemistry

Many chemistry graduates pursue careers as research scientists or health-care professionals. Others have earned advanced degrees in chemistry, business, and law.

Our goal is to provide an environment for students to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of molecular science and prepare students for careers in science-related areas. While at Wesleyan, students work closely with faculty in small classroom and laboratory settings in our spacious and modern facilities housed in the Munroe Science Center. Further, they gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art scientific equipment as they pursue their goals and career aspirations.

The prestigious Munroe Scholars Program provides two full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission with interests in the sciences, mathematics, or dual-degree engineering. Preference is given to students who demonstrate particular promise in scientific inquiry or research. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research. Recipients also are eligible for research stipends of up to $1,000 during their junior and senior years.

Major: Chemistry
Minor: Chemistry
Related Minor: Physics
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ALLISON CROCHET

Allison ’18 is double majoring in chemistry and English. A liberal arts education has helped her “find a balance between an aptitude for science and a talent/passion for literature and writing. Wesleyan has allowed me to merge these interests and to pursue career tracks that I might not have otherwise considered.”

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Start Your Research Early

Encouraged to participate in research with faculty members, most chemistry students also participate in summer research programs in prestigious programs in the United States and abroad. Students often present their scientific findings at national and regional meetings of the American Chemical Society. 

Getting your lab work done
State-of-the-art laboratories inside the Munroe Science Center include general, organic, physical, analytical, and instrumentation labs, as well as a variety of biology labs. While teaching laboratories serve as classrooms, a small seminar room and two technologically advanced classrooms also are used for instruction. Among its many specialty science spaces, the 42,000-square-foot facility includes an astronomy observation deck, a greenhouse, a vivarium, and a community-learning center.

Chemistry students work on experiment in classroom

Wesleyan Women In Chemistry Careers

Alumnae ANNE-KATHRIN WITT ’07 stands in front of ocean.

ANNE-KATHRIN WITT ’07

Anne-Kathrin studied chemistry and economics at Wesleyan, earned a master’s degree from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and her MBA from Harvard. Previously a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anne-Kathrin now works at Teva Pharmaceuticals marketing innovative products outside the U.S. and European Union.

Alumnae Courtney Mitchell poses for camera while working at her hospital as a doctor.

COURTNEY MILLER, MD ’07

Only 15 years old when she came to Wesleyan, Courtney completed residency training in general pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia in the spring of 2014. Today she is a pediatrician at Vidalia Children's Center. Her medical school classmates voted her the person they would most like to have as their own physician.

Alumnae STACY REYNOLDS FOREHAND ’98 poses with American Flag

STACY FOREHAND ’98

An internship at an environmental lab during her senior year at Wesleyan confirmed Stacy’s career goal to use her chemistry degree to get a job working in a lab. Today Stacy is a forensic toxicologist with the GBI where she analyzes biological samples and interprets the data.

 

WESLEYAN CHEMISTRY MAJORS ATTEND  PREMIER GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS:

Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern University, Max Planck Institute, University of Wisconsin, Dartmouth, The Medical College of Georgia

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A CHEMISTRY MAJOR

SCIENTIST

RESEARCH SCIENTIST-Plans and carries out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge in a range of areas, from life sciences to industrial process.

HEALTH-CARE

HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL-Studies, diagnoses, treats, and prevents human illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in accordance with the needs of the populations they serve.

MEDICAL DOCTOR

A person who has been educated, trained, and licensed to practice the art and science of medicine.

DENTIST

A person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums.

BUSINESS

A chemistry degree can open doors into management of labs, engineering firms, and industry.

LAW

Chemistry majors often proceed to law school. Many pursue patent law, although environmental law is also very big.

FORENSICS

Collecting and analyzing clues from clothing, weapons, or other samples found at a crime scene is the job of a forensic chemist.

ADVANCED DEGREE

Earning an advanced degree can open interesting and challenging opportunities in today's technological society, medicine, or areas that combine science with law, business, or public policy.

Glenda Ferguson
Professor of Chemistry (478) 757-5241 Profile
Laura Strausberg
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (478) 757-5252 Profile

90%

Of Wesleyan chemistry graduates are pursuing careers in a field related to their major.

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing  and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields.

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