The chemistry program at Western Washington University
is among the largest undergraduate programs in the nation, offering
degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and awarding
approximately 40 ACS approved degrees each year. Our program is widely
recognized by employers and graduate schools as one of the strongest in
the United States. Our students take challenging courses and make
significant contributions to science through faculty
mentored, cutting-edge research.
The program is small enough to allow faculty to interact on an individual
level with students, yet large enough to offer an array of research and
educational opportunities. Our faculty strives to combine excellence in
teaching with creativity in research and education. We strive to develop
and implement innovative teaching methods and incorporate the latest
technologies in courses throughout the curriculum. For details about
specific programs, career opportunities, and courses offered you can refer
to the Chemistry Section in Western Washington University’s General
Opportunities beyond classroom study are a cornerstone of our program.
Students are encouraged to pursue faculty mentored research projects.
Students typically present the results of their research at a national
conference or during WWU’s annual Scholars Week. Many research students
coauthor papers published in the scientific literature. In addition,
upper-division students have the opportunity to serve as teaching
assistants, providing valuable experience in leadership and communication.
After graduation, many of our alumni continue their education in chemistry
graduate schools, medical schools, or other professional fields, while
others find fruitful careers in education, the science industry, and
business worlds. The success of these graduates attests to the quality of