Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Sometimes called "the central science," chemistry is a branch of knowledge that closely relates to physics, biology, geology, medicine, and materials science. A major in chemistry provides students with the opportunity to learn about natural phenomena, devise experiments, synthesize substances, and develop analytical skills. It prepares students for a number of career paths.
A minor in chemistry provides a solid background in basic chemical principles while allowing flexibility for a student to focus on the particular area of chemistry that he or she finds most interesting. A chemistry minor requires the equivalent of six courses in chemistry and may include research if a student so chooses.
The goals of the Chemistry program at Washington & Jefferson College are to instill in all students an appreciation and understanding of chemistry and the methods of scientific inquiry. Students develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and personal qualities that prepare them to understand chemically oriented issues and to pursue careers in chemistry and its allied fields. The program's curriculum, advising system, and overall teaching and learning environment are structured toward achieving these ends.
For more information, contact Professor Michael Leonard.