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Department of Chemistry

The Chemistry department provides an intensive and versatile chemistry background for immediate employment and graduate school.

Our curriculum was designed according to the American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines for approved programs. Successful completion of this major signifies that a student has completed an integrated, rigorous program which includes introductory/foundational course work, and in-depth course work in chemistry or chemistry-related fields. The major emphasizes the laboratory experience and the development of professional skills needed to be an effective chemist, and it helps in the transition from undergraduate studies to professional studies or employment.

There is an ever-growing and essential need for strong chemistry experience in major research initiatives such as:

  • nanotechnology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • renewable energy
  • medicinal chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • environmental science
  • neuroscience
  • materials

Major Concentrations:

  • Chemistry – B.S., B.A.
  • Biochemistry – B.S.
  • Materials Chemistry – B.S.
  • Pharmaceutical Science – B.S.


  • Chemistry

Program Learning Outcomes

Articulation Information:

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science Major: The B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science major is a 3/4 program with West Virginia University for those students who would like to apply for Pharmacy School upon completion of Wesleyan requirements for the B.S. degree. For a student to be admitted into Wesleyan’s three-year recommended plans of study for the Pharmaceutical Science major, he or she must enter Wesleyan having met the following criteria:
– a minimum ACT Math score of 26 or SAT Math score of 600,
– a minimum ACT composite score of 27 or a SAT composite score of 1800,
– a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5.
Source: pp 126 and 127, 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog