Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry provides an intensive and versatile chemistry background for immediate employment and graduate school. Currently, there is a greater than 90% placement into professional schools, graduate schools and the workforce upon graduation.

We offer a rigorous academic curriculum aligned with the according to the American Chemical Society and American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.  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, as demonstrated by greater than 90% placement into professional schools, graduate schools, and the workforce upon graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Faculty

    Edward Wovchko, Department Chair, Professor
    B.S., Saint Vincent College
    Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Bruce Anthony, Assistant Professor
    B.S., Ball State University
    Ph.D., Louisiana State University
    instruction: Biochemistry, General Organic, Organic and Biochemistry, Neurochemistry, Medical Chemistry
    Anthony Research Lab
    phone: 8842

    Joanna Webb, Department Chair, Associate Professor
    B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Ph.D., University of Virginia
    phone: 8356

    Caleb Gibson, Assistant professor of Chemistry
    B.S., Carson Newman University
    Ph.D., University of Tennessee
    phone:  8253

    Thomas Hughart, Chemistry Equipment and Supplies Coordinator, CHO
    B.S., Biochemistry ,West Virginia Wesleyan College
    phone: 8123

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

      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

  • Minors
    • Chemistry