“The synthesis of molecules puts chemistry very close to the arts. We create the objects that we or others then study or appreciate.”
– Roald Hoffmann

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 Majors

OWU offers three distinct majors in chemistry to meet the educational and career goals of students.

  • B.A. Chemistry. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry prepares you to enter various positions in the chemical industry, enter some graduate programs, and to teach high school chemistry.
  • B.S. Chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry prepares you to pursue professional careers in the chemical industry, graduate work in chemistry, or other fields that require a strong chemistry background with a foundation in all five of the major subdisciplines of chemistry. This major is also appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, industrial sales, or other fields that require a solid chemistry background and who want a more developed major than that offered by the B.A. Chemistry major.

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Graduate Outcomes

Breane Budaitis '14

A double-major in Chemistry and Genetics, Breane received a prestigious 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She received her doctorate in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan Medical School in 2020.

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Department Contact Info


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

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Department Contact

Chair: Katherine Thomas
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 362

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201