“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 two distinct majors in chemistry to meet the educational and career goals of students.

  • Basic Chemistry prepares you to enter various positions in the chemical industry, enter some graduate programs, and to teach high school chemistry.
  • ACS-Certified Chemistry 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.

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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 is now pursuing her doctorate in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan.


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Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
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Chair: Katherine Thomas
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Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
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