The Chemistry major enables creative individuals to apply their analytical, mathematical, and communication skills to the investigation of the world from the subatomic to the cellular level. Our rigorous and engaging Chemistry curriculum focuses on connecting theoretical principles to laboratory practice. You’ll enjoy learning and working in the classrooms and laboratories of our Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, a $40 million facility that provides students with the opportunity to utilize sophisticated state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation such as nuclear magnetic resonance and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry.
Why Choose Chemistry?
From nutrition, new drugs, and human health; to coatings, paints, and plastics; to powering our phones, cars, and homes, chemistry impacts everything in our world. Chemists integrate science and technology to facilitate the design, synthesis, and analysis of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, polymers, pesticides, colorants, chemical sensors, and test reagents (to name a few). They conduct cutting-edge research for major universities and chemical industries; they educate students; and they serve the public by working for the government and other entrepreneurial institutions. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry is excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in the sciences or a career in medicine, healthcare, or veterinary science.
What Will You Study?
The course and laboratory work required to complete the chemistry major will provide you with a strong foundation in basic chemical and physical principles, as well as in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Since our upper-level chemistry courses have small class sizes, individualized access to equipment and instrumentation is always the rule! This emphasis on hands-on laboratory experience will prepare you well for your future career. You may also supplement your chemistry course work by choosing to complete elective and/or independent study courses in toxicology, polymer science, advanced organic synthesis, and/or pharmaceutical chemistry.
Our Chemistry graduates have gone on to successful careers in the chemical (Solutia, Inc.), environmental (ConTest and Katahdin Analytical Services), biotechnology (Associates of Cape Cod), and pharmaceutical industries (Pfizer), as well as in federal, state, or local governmental agencies (Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority). Other alumni have successfully completed graduate degrees in the chemical and biomedical sciences. Some of our chemistry graduates have pursued careers in education ultimately teaching students in elementary and secondary schools.
Providing exceptional classroom and laboratory instruction is every Western New England University professor's top priority. You will be mentored to by outstanding faculty members who have studied at prestigious institutions such as Brown University, Columbia, Yale, University of Oregon, and the University of Texas at Austin. The diverse scientific interests and expertise of our faculty including research in fields such as nuclear energy, biomaterials, organic synthesis, forensic test methods development, and fusion theory, facilitates their teaching and provides excellent opportunities for our students to actively participate in research projects.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Internships and Field Work
In their third or fourth year, many Chemistry majors participate in exciting and career-promoting internships at pharmaceutical companies, environmental testing facilities, chromatography research/development firms, hospitals, and other medical facilities, as well as at various other governmental and industrial sites. In addition, most of our majors participate in laboratory research projects guided by faculty mentors and have led to our students presenting their work at national conferences. You can more immediately apply what you have learned by serving as a student assistant for a laboratory course you have successfully completed. Such activities provide invaluable practical experience, further developing your laboratory technique and helping you grow your leadership and organizational skills.
Study Abroad: Become a Global Citizen
Today’s workforce needs professionals who see the big picture. The College of Arts and Sciences will help you to become a student of world cultures and histories as they relate to your studies while making valuable contributions in your explorations. Whether you participate in a faculty-led summer seminar course or spend a semester at an international university, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.