The Chemistry Department at Western offers courses for students who
plan to major in the physical and life sciences. The department offers
majors in chemistry and biochemistry, both approved by the
American Chemical Society. Courses
are designed to emphasize the fundamental principles of chemistry and
their application to observed phenomena, to develop scientific reasoning,
to reflect chemistry's interdisciplinary nature, to develop laboratory
skills, and to prepare students for success in industrial positions or graduate/professional
Western has prepared alumni for a variety of careers, including scientific
research, medicine, teaching, environmental science, and materials
science. We emphasize hands-on experiences, both in the classroom
and in faculty-directed research projects.
Research opportunities for students include areas such as natural product
synthesis, computer modeling, chemical education, nucleic acid chemistry,
synthesis of novel metal complexes, laser spectroscopy, surface chemistry
and catalysis, materials science, and peptide synthesis.
2014 Linus Pauling Medal Award
Stephen L. Buchwald, the Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded the 2014 Linus Pauling Medal Award, for "outstanding contributions to chemistry meriting national and international recognition." Link to 2014 Pauling Symposium.
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