Courses in the chemistry curriculum focus on the connections between theory and application of chemical principles. Students learn to apply quantitative reasoning skills and critical thinking to problem solving.
For this major, independent laboratory work under collaborative supervision of faculty is required of all students. Written and oral communication of scientific knowledge is emphasized. In keeping with the tradition of a liberal arts education, the program has been designed with sufficient flexibility to allow students to explore areas within the social sciences and humanities. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in summer internship programs.
Because of the extensive hands-on experience afforded at Wilson, students possess a decisive advantage in gaining employment or in continuing their education. The chemistry faculty aims to prepare students for graduate work in specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry; the application of chemistry in medicine, biology and environmental science; positions in industry or government services; or secondary education certification. Biochemistry I and II (CHM 318 and 320) are recommended for students interested in medicine or veterinary medicine. Secondary education certification in chemistry is also available; see the education curriculum.