“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. Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and chemistry and biochemistry students pursuing a Bachelor of Science major can work with faculty to identify the curriculum they can complete to become ACS certified.
  • ACS-Certified Chemistry. This major meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. By completing this major, you 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. The ACS-Certified Chemistry major will no longer accept new students after December 18, 2020.

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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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Delaware, OH 43015
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Chair: Katherine Thomas
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 362
740-368-3526
klthomas@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907
jaarlington@owu.edu