Majors & Minors

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Accredited by the American Chemical Society, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department empowers students to study chemistry in an expanded liberal-arts environment.

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Mike Gesinski

Mike Gesinski

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair

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512.863.1503
Mike Gesinski

Mike Gesinski

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry (Credit: Southwestern University)

Majoring or minoring in chemistry (the study of matter, energy, and their interactions) and biochemistry (the study of chemical processes and reactions within living systems) enables you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the world around and within living organisms. Leading to either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts, Southwestern’s wide-ranging curriculum provides you with a wealth of course options, from foundational courses in organic chemistry and quantum mechanics to electives in food, environmental, and medicinal chemistry. Our accomplished faculty—who have won prestigious grants from such agencies as the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the Merck Company Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute—and our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories empower you to engage in hands-on, collaborative learning experiences, including undergraduate research, internships, and community-based projects. SU students and faculty have coauthored publications in several major peer-reviewed journals and regularly present their research at national meetings of the American Chemical Society.

Our current students are successfully prepared for placement in top-tier graduate and medical schools. Several of our recent chemistry graduates have been awarded highly competitive graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and our alumni have gone on to build careers in the sciences and beyond, including medicine, law, tech, pharmacy, and petrochemical.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

For many alumni expats, Southwestern provided various springboards to becoming a global citizen—jumping-off points discovered not in a foreign country but, rather, directly on campus and within U.S. borders.

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Southwestern University alumni take a path to global citizenship.

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Mauro Garcia ’18 participates in the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mauro Garcia ’18 expands his vocal horizons at the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program.

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Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05

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Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05 reflect on their Southwestern Experience.

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Chemistry & Biochemistry News

When viewed through an electron microscope, the spikes that adorn the outer surface of a coronavirus suggest the appearance of a corona, or crown. A novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 1: “This Was Only a Matter of Time”

Southwestern microbiologist Martín Gonzalez weighs in on the science of the latest coronavirus.

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Sydney Seavey ’20

A Musician’s Approach to Medicine

Chemistry major and cellist Sydney Seavey ’20 shares how she has found harmony in music and the path toward medical school.

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"Bit different than likely imagined, BUT Biology Capstones made a great last impression & showed @SouthwesternU pirate pride! I’m certainly very proud 2 have steered the ship & excited to see where their journeys take them! #alldone #timetograduate" - @ProfRomi

It’s Just Not the Same, Part 3

SU faculty get creative in retooling their classes while students face the many difficulties of distance learning during the pandemic.

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