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Jen Bayline teaches a chemistry lab for both remote and in-person students October 26, 2020 in Swanson Science Center on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

W&J offers a rigorous Chemistry program, certified by the American Chemical Society and housed in the LEED-certified Swanson Science Center, that fosters passion for the science while showing how it connects to the fields of biology, physics, medicine, environmental sciences, neuroscience, and engineering.

Our Chemistry Department faculty take pride in the robust classroom instruction they provide, and strive to engage and challenge students to apply what they learn in our state-of-the-art campus laboratories. Students conduct one-on-one research with faculty members, develop their leadership skills, serve as laboratory assistants and participate in community outreach events like STEMFest in the City of Washington.

Chemistry students can participate in the 3-2 Engineering Program and seek Secondary Education Certification in Chemistry. Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

Beyond the Classroom

W&J’s Chemistry students regularly present their work at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, have been recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF), received Fulbright scholarships, and have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Physical Chemistry or the Journal of Chemical Education. With this national exposure, students have ample opportunities to network and find internship experiences, helping them become competitive as they pursue diverse post-secondary goals in a variety of fields such as law, education, brewing, public health, and medicine.

Our faculty works individually with students to refine their applications for internships, which are often supported with funding from the College. Our students have interned at organizations such as the Department of Justice Kinex Pharmaceuticals, and Mylan, and have conducted research in laboratories at Pitt, NYU, and UCLA. The College has also funded student research in England, the Netherlands, France, Ecuador, Spain, Costa Rica, and China.

Chemistry Faculty

Chemistry Events

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April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the chemistry students and faculty for an evening of music, snacks, contests, and unlimited student-brewed craft beers.   Pre-sale …