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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Finance
  • Graduate School
  • Law
  • Medicine

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at W&L provides instruction in the chemical and biochemical sciences and conducts scientific research in chemistry and biochemistry that involves students at all levels. In both the classroom and the lab, the Department emphasizes a unique form of critical thinking and problem solving that distinguishes chemists and encourages its students to apply and share this training in the community that surrounds them.

Program Highlights

  • The area of expertise of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry covers all of the major areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, medicinal, organic, and physical.
  • Research with students, during both the academic year and the summer, is a hallmark of our program. Active research programs are ongoing in biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
  • In most lab classes and in their research, students will use state-of-the-art instrumentation. This instrumentation may include lasers, high field NMR, GC-MS, or LC-MS (to name a few).
  • The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry prides itself on our commitment to mentoring both individuals and small groups.
  • The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has developed several study abroad opportunities that allow our students to have an international experience: Organic chemistry in Scotland, Science in Art in the Netherlands, Science of Cooking in Italy.
  • Students who choose Chemistry or Biochemistry may earn a degree certified by the American Chemical Society in either chemistry or biochemistry. In addition, W&L has student affiliate chapters of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
  • The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry encourages community outreach related to chemistry both in course offerings and as part of extra-curricular activities.
  • Majors have pursued advanced degrees in chemistry or biochemistry at Cornell, University of Wisconsin at Madison, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, UVA, Boston University, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Arizona.
  • Graduates have pursued careers in the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and public health. Some graduates are now patent lawyers, high school science teachers, college chemistry professors, genetic counselors, and bench chemists.