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Chemistry is the central science, connecting biology, physics, medicine, environmental sciences, neuroscience, and engineering. We offer a rigorous program, certified by the American Chemical Society, and housed in the LEED-certified Swanson Science Center equipped with research-grade instrumentation. Students have the opportunity to conduct one-on-one research with faculty members, often presenting their work at regional and national conferences. We provide leadership opportunities. Students can serve as laboratory assistants and participate in outreach events like Saturday Science.

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

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • Students have done internships at the FBI, NYU, Kinex Pharmaceuticals, Mylan, Pitt, & UCLA.
  • Our students have presented at national conferences in San Diego, Denver, Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, & Washington, D.C.
  • Students have been awarded W&J funding to conduct research in England, the Netherlands, France, Ecuador, Spain, Costa Rica, & China.

Alumni Achievements

  • Students have earned graduate degrees from Penn State, Columbia, Princeton, Michigan, Penn, Cornell, Pitt, Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, & MIT.
  • They’ve attended medical school at George Washington, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Penn State, WVU, Temple, & South Carolina.
  • They’ve won fellowships and recognition from Fulbright and the National Science Foundation.


  • Possibilities include industry, forensic science, patent law, teaching, the brewing industry, toxicology, medicine, research, hospital administration, engineering, & public health.
  • Alumni are employed at Merck, DuPont, PPG, Intel, L’Oréal, UPMC, the FBI, & Siemens Engineering. They are surgeons, chemists, physical therapists, hospitalists, lawyers, etc.

Chemistry Faculty

Professor Jennifer Bayline Portrait

Program Chair

Jennifer Logan Bayline, Ph.D.

Office: SWA 200D Degrees: Ph.D. University of Florida; B.A.(Chemistry/French) Rollins College Areas of Study Jennifer Logan is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her area of interest is creating nanoscopic structures using diblock copolymers and developing these thin films as templates for other molecules. Her favorite polymer is polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO), having extensively…

Ashley Smith, Ph.D. portrait

Ashley Smith, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Deborah Polvani, Ph.D. portrait

Deborah A. Polvani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Mark Harris, Ph.D. portrait

Mark F. Harris, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Pre-Health Program

Pre-Health Professions, Biochemistry, Chemistry

Michael Leonard, Ph.D. portrait
Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D. portrait

Nobunaka Matsuno, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Biochemistry

Biochemistry, Chemistry, Neuroscience

Patricia Brletic portrait
Robbie Iuliucci, Ph.D. portrait

Robbie J. Iuliucci, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry


Steven Malinak, Ph.D. portrait

Chemistry Program Downloads

Pre-Health Handbook

Version: 2019

Chemistry Program Sheet

Version: 2019