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Chemistry, B.A., B.S.

Our innovative approach to the study of chemistry will ground you during your first year in the major themes in the field. You will complete core courses that introduce you to the principles of chemistry, and choose from a variety of upper-division courses that support your career and graduate-school goals. Elective courses and research opportunities will offer you laboratory and field experiences in specialized areas.

Whitworth chemistry professors are committed to developing students who are critical thinkers and who can adapt to the shifting complexities of the sciences.

Why major in chemistry at Whitworth?

  • Become part of a close-knit community of peers and professors. With small class sizes, you will get to know other chemistry majors personally and share your college experience with them.
  • Enjoy easy access to professors. Faculty will teach your labs, not graduate students, and their offices are close to student study areas.
  • Choose from plentiful research opportunities. Faculty-led research projects provide students with hands-on experience and are offered both on and off campus, during the school year and the summer.
  • Learn in the newly built Robinson Science Hall, which houses state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories and instrumentation.
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your studies. Courses in chemistry will challenge you to think about how your faith affects your ethical decision-making in the field as well as how it will influence your vocation.
  • Utilize a flexible degree program that allows students to study abroad for a semester or Jan Term.
  • Have fun with events like ChemNights, the Robinson Science Hall Christmas party and an annual end-of-the-year picnic celebration.
  • Apply coursework to your daily life. You will learn to understand the phenomena happening in the world around you and be able to explain them to others.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our chemistry grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Whitworth chemistry graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the chemical, biological, forensic, medical and environmental fields. They are qualified for positions in research and development in academic, industrial and government laboratories. The degree also prepares students for graduate study in chemistry, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, as well as potentially law, education and business.

Our graduates are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • MacKenzie Kinsman, research technician, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.
  • Marie Arguinchona, process chemist, Hollister-Stier, Spokane
  • Sammi Moeller, science teacher, Hilmar Middle School in Hilmar, Calif.
  • Nick Anderson, Oregon state health inspector, Pendleton, Ore.
  • Katy Anderson, laboratory technician, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon
  • Konstantin Tachan, Fulbright Scholar, English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program in South Korea
  • Lauren Miller, process chemist, Avista Pharma Solutions, Longmont, Colo.

Our recent chemistry grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Washington State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Idaho
  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
  • Washington State University College of Pharmacy
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Gonzaga University School of Law

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Promote science education in the community during Jan Term. The Community Chemistry Outreach course provides service-learning opportunities with K-12 students.
  • Develop camaraderie with other chemistry majors in the ChaOS (Chemistry and other Sciences) club. This student-led club fosters connections between students of all levels in the major through events such as an annual trivia competition and monthly study halls.
  • Prepare for a medical career by joining the pre-med club, a student-led group that sponsors events related to pre-professional health tracks.
  • Conduct research off campus. Whitworth chemistry students have recently completed summer programs at Texas A&M University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Vanderbilt University and University of California, Berkeley.

Pack your bags!

Our Chemistry History and Art summer study program takes students to France, the United Kingdom and Germany, where they learn about the history of chemistry while visiting famous sites, and about the chemical methods used to create famous works of art.

Tracks

Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor Science in chemistry. Biochemistry and physical chemistry tracks are available under the Bachelor of Science. A chemistry minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study that meets unique or specific career objectives.

Ask our faculty

Ask Associate Professor Breno

Associate Professor Kerry Breno teaches Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Her interests include organometallic catalysts and fluorescence.

Ask Professor Stevens

Professor Karen Stevens teaches General Chemistry, Thermochemistry and Quantum Chemistry. Her interests include the study of oscillating reactions.

Ask Assistant Professor Russell

Assistant Professor Trisha Russell teaches Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy. Her interests include medicinal chemistry and drug design.

Ask Assistant Professor Ntow

Assistant Professor William Ntow teaches General Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. He specializes in environmental studies of phosphorus and nutrients in bodies of water and wetlands.

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