Chemistry Department Wheaton College


The Wheaton College Chemistry Department combines academic rigor and thoughtful faith with a flexible approach. You will be challenged to engage deeply in the process of scientific inquiry and prepared for a wide range of careers and professions.


Teaching for Your Learning Style

We recognize that students have a broad array of learning styles, and, therefore, we focus considerable effort and resources on classroom lectures, laboratory courses and various research projects that give students an opportunity to do independent research with a faculty member. Faculty research is supported by the College and by external funding agencies. Our laboratories also feature advanced instrumentation for hands-on experience. You will gain a thorough understanding of the practical applications and theoretical basis of today's best analytical equipment. 

Chemistry for Everyone

The chemistry program offers courses for students who plan to major in the physical or life sciences as well as courses that are designed to help students develop scientific literacy and a working knowledge of various chemical issues. The Department of Chemistry offers general education credit in Applications of Chemistry, Drugs and Society, Theories of Origins, and General Chemistry.

Chemistry at Wheaton

What Can You Do with a Chemistry Major?

Chemistry has a long, distinguished history at Wheaton College. The chemistry major has been offered since 1905 and our program has been continually certified by the American Chemical Society since 1948. The ACS also certifies the department in biochemistry. Our graduates are prepared for:

  • graduate studies in chemistry and allied areas
  • entry into health professions
  • work in industry and government
  • work in business, especially technical areas
  • teaching at the secondary level

The mastery of analytical and problem-solving techniques provides an excellent basis for a wide range of service, management and leadership roles in society.

The Wheaton College chemistry degree prepares students for the finest graduate and medical schools in the country.  In our long history we have had students accepted at virtually all the top graduate and medical schools.  Here are a few of the universities our students have been admitted to in the last five years:

Chemistry Doctoral Programs

  • Caltech
  • UC Berkeley
  • U of Wisconsin
  • U of Chicago
  • Northwestern U
  • U of Illinois
  • U of North Carolina
  • Princeton
  • Texas A&M
  • U of Minnesota

Medical Schools

  • Washington U
  • Vanderbilt
  • U of Illinois
  • Mayo
  • Rush
  • U of Iowa (Carver College of Medicine)
  • Indiana U
  • Loyola (Stritch School of Medicine)
  • Northwestern U (Feinberg School of Medicine)

Learn More

Find out more about our top-tier faculty and the exciting research and internship opportunities available for our students. And contact the department if you have any questions or apply today.

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