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Whitworth University Chemistry Department
Chemistry – the study of matter and its transformations – has a profound effect on all
areas of life. As we probe biochemical processes, new applications emerge for
the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Developments in materials drive the
rapid advances in technology that we take for granted. Improved understanding
of chemical principles can minimize or reverse the adverse environmental
effects of modern lifestyles.
Department faculty members are committed to the development of men and women
who are critical thinkers and who can deal with the shifting complexity of
science to advance their careers.
The chemistry department offers degree programs that prepare students for a
variety of careers in the biological, medical and environmental fields, and in
research and development in industrial and government laboratories. The
curriculum of these programs includes the following core courses that introduce
students to the principles of chemistry: general and organic chemistry,
biochemistry, analytical chemistry, quantum chemistry, thermochemistry, and
select courses in general physics and calculus.
Students can also choose from a variety of upper-division chemistry courses
that complement their career and/or graduate-school objectives. These elective
courses offer students laboratory and/or field experiences in specialized areas