Jun 02, 2023  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS

Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

109 credits


The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. Within the Department, faculty members are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.

Why Consider a Chemistry Major?

The Chemistry Department at Western Washington University is approved by the American Chemical Society, and students who complete the Bachelor of Science in the Chemistry program receive ACS certification of their degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides many benefits to students, and is designed to meet diverse career goals. There is close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes. The students have direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and there are numerous research opportunities under the direction of a faculty advisor.

 Contact Information

Chemistry Department Chair
James R. Vyvyan
Chemistry Building 270A

Chemistry Program Coordinator
Stacey Maxwell
Chemistry Building 270

 Sample Careers

High School Chemistry Teacher | Chemical/Pharmaceutical Sales | Crime Lab Analyst | Industrial Chemist | Veterinarian | Technical Writing | Forensic Scientist | Quality Assurance Specialist | Research Scientist | Physician | Occupational Safety Specialist | Science Lab Technician | College Professor

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Admission to the Bachelor of Science major in chemistry is selective and based upon preparation and prior academic performance. Application may be made through the chemistry department, Chemistry Building 270. Admission to the BS-Chemistry major will be in two phases. Students will be designated Phase I majors until they have completed CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 123, CHEM 351, CHEM 352 and MATH 124, MATH 125. Students will be admitted to Phase II based on their performance in Phase I. Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the Phase I courses will be given preferential admission to Phase II. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis for remaining spaces in the major. Note that neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission to Phase II. See the department’s website for more details.

A typical four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science (ACS certified) is described on the department’s website.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.