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
    Email: wovchko@wvwc.edu

    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
    Email: anthony_c@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8842

    Joanna Webb, Department Chair, Associate Professor
    B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Ph.D., University of Virginia
    Email: webb_j@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8356

    Caleb Gibson, Assistant professor of Chemistry
    B.S., Carson Newman University
    Ph.D., University of Tennessee
    Email:  Gibson.c@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8253

    Thomas Hughart, Chemistry Equipment and Supplies Coordinator, CHO
    B.S., Biochemistry ,West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Email: hughart.t@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8123

  • 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
    • SURE Grant

      SURE & Maier Summer Research Program- Application due March 4 Apply Now

      Do you want to be involved in a long-term research project that has the potential to transform the way you think about science and your future career as a researcher?

      West Virginia Wesleyan College is excited to host the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)  and Maier research programs during summer 2022 to offer extended research experiences in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and math). The SURE program will run for 8 weeks between May-July and is available to students from WVWC and other institutions around the state. Students will earn a stipend of $3,500 with free on-campus housing. Students will also be required to present their research at a state or regional scientific meeting (travel funds available).

      Interested?  Click Here!

      1. Consult the list of faculty involved below.
      2. Have a discussion with the faculty member of interest to see what projects they will be working on.
      3. Submit The Application which will include a personal statement and unofficial transcripts.
      4. Application deadline is March 4. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March.

      Participating Faculty

      Dr. Kim Bjorgo-Thorne

      Dr. Melanie Sal

      Dr. Joseph Niederhauser

      Dr. Matthew Reid

      Dr. Bruce Anthony

      Dr. Caleb Gibson

      Dr. Joseph Wiest

    • Hyma & McLaughlin Chemistry Scholarship

      The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities from two endowed funds: The Nicholas Hyma Memorial Chemistry Scholarship and the Nellie V. and M. Kathryn McLaughlin Chemistry Scholarship. The Hyma fund was established by contributions from former chemistry students in recognition of Professor Nicholas Hyma, an exceptional teacher and dedicated faculty member at Wesleyan from 1919-1956. The McLaughlin Chemistry Scholarship fund was provided through a generous gift from the estate of Nellie V. and M. Kathryn McLaughlin. These competitive scholarships provide up to $3,000 of financial aid to several outstanding chemistry students, and may be renewed for up to four years of full-time study provided that the student continues to fulfill chemistry major requirements, maintains a minimum 3.5 GPA in the chemistry major and maintains a 3.25 overall GPA.

      Click here to complete the scholarship application.

    • The McCuskey Fellowship Program

      Transform your West Virginia Wesleyan Experience with the McCuskey Fellowship!

      Apply now for the McCuskey Family Fellowship in undergraduate research for a scholarship to work with a faculty on a primary research fellowship for three years of study!  You’ll be a part of an unparalleled high-impact practice in designing and creating your research project over three years!

      Learn More Here!

    • Student Stories

      Senior biochemistry major Malaika Kimmons spent her summer at Duke University working on a cutting-edge research project to develop a better understanding of certain pediatric cancers. Her research focused on a mysterious class of RNA molecules, and sought to understand the way they may be related to cancer. Malaika worked with closely with Dr. Christian Stackhouse and Dr. Corinne Linardic, cancer experts associated with the Duke School of Medicine. Their work produced some exciting results which are included in a scientific patent application! We are proud of Malaika and excited to see what she does next!