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Chemistry + Biochemistry

About the Department

Southwestern University’s Chemistry & Biochemistry Department provides a variety of educational experiences for students interested in studying chemistry within a liberal arts environment. Our accomplished faculty and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories allow us to successfully prepare students for placement into top-tier graduate and medical schools.  Three of our recent chemistry graduates were awarded highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in chemistry and biochemistry as well as minor in chemistry.  Our curriculum presents a wide range of course choices, including electives in medicinal and environmental chemistry.  Our laboratory courses involve inquiry-based, as well as community-based, projects that provide a rich group learning experience.

Our vibrant student-faculty collaborative research program has been enhanced by numerous competitive external grants from such agencies as the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the Merck Company Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation.  Additionally, Southwestern students and faculty have co-authored publications in several major peer-reviewed journals and regularly present their research at national meetings of the American Chemical Society.