“The synthesis of molecules puts chemistry very close to the arts. We create the objects that we or others then study or appreciate.”
– Roald Hoffman
Chemistry allows us to understand the way atoms and molecules behave and how those behaviors lead to everything we know and love. It is the study of matter and all of the changes that matter can undergo. Chemistry majors strive to understand diverse phenomena from a molecular point of view.
About the major
This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. Students completing the major will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS-certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in chemistry.
Conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in areas as diverse as computer modeling, synthesis and analysis of inorganic complexes, design and testing of probes for environmental analysis, synthesis of complex organic molecules, and chemical modification of proteins.
Participate in the Summer Science Research Program, a 10-week intensive program, and present your results at the Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium in the fall.
Travel-Learning Courses combine classroom exploration with on-the-ground practical experiences. Chemistry professors recently have brought students to Germany and Italy.
You may have the opportunity to work with scientists engaged in intensive investigations for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Chemistry & Art
GC Mass Spectrometer
Women in Science (WINS)
The Ohio Wesleyan Women in Science organization is a collection of students who share a passion for mathematics and the natural and social sciences. They share information about research opportunities, graduate school positions, and summer internships; promote discussion of issues facing women in science; bring in guest lecturers; arrange field trips; and participate in community service.
The Beckman L7-35 Ultracentrifuge can achieve an acceleration of 107 times Earth’s gravity by spinning samples at 15,000 to 35,000 rpm. It is used in recovery of cell components, preparation of protein samples, and colloid research.
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015