“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.


Graduate Outcomes

John Milligan '82

Dr. Milligan majored in Chemistry at OWU and earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois. He is now President and Chief Operating Officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines.


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Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

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Chair: Heather Grunkemeyer
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 260

Secretary: Kathy Boger
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201