What is Chemistry?
Scientific fields need people who are curious, innovative and intelligent who want to become lifelong learners.
Chemists study the composition and chemical behavior of matter, the physical components of our world, including living cells. Chemistry involves a wide array of knowledge and skills, both theoretical and practical, which enable chemists to study matter at the molecular level. This understanding allows chemist to synthesize new molecules with specialized properties, to do compositional analysis to verify the identity of substances and to make predictions about the chemical behaviors of matter in new situations and applications.
Students completing an undergraduate Chemistry major will be well prepared for careers in synthetic chemistry, materials science, environmental science, polymer science, fuel science and many other areas in which knowledge and skills in chemistry are needed.
What type of career can I look forward to with a Chemistry degree?
When our Chemistry students graduate, they are prepared to:
- Enter graduate programs, to earn a Master of Science or a Ph.D. in Chemistry or related fields, such as biochemistry, materials science, polymer science and more.
- Join the workforce and perform laboratory work in research and development, quality control, medical device sales or pharmaceutical sales.
- Enroll in professional schools for ongoing training in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and more.
What makes Walsh's Chemistry curriculum unique?
- Education from Experienced Professionals. Our instructors have significant experience within chemistry. They bring a real-world-applications background to their teaching within the chemistry field.
- Strong Research Focus. Our chemistry majors graduate with an ample amount laboratory research experience thanks to the required laboratory activities in our curriculum.
Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?
Students within the chemistry program take a cross-section of courses in chemistry, math and physics and gain considerable laboratory experience. Required work includes one Physics lab, as well as Calculus I, II and III.
Some other core courses include:
- Principles of Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Quantitative Analysis
- Instrumental Analysis
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
In addition to core classes, chemistry students also can choose from a wide variety of electives that relate to more specialized topics, such as Biochemistry, Advanced Chromatography, Symmetry and Group Theory, Molecular Pharmacology and Introduction to Research. These subjects help students prepare for entering graduate programs.
What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?
Chemistry students can gain real-world experience in summer research programs at Walsh or other organizations in our region.
Whom can I contact for more information regarding Walsh's chemistry program?
Dr. Michael Dunphy, Professor of Biochemistry, Division Chair Math & Sciences