Overview

What can I do with a chemistry degree from The College of Wooster?

The access to lab facilities, early research opportunities with faculty members and small classes at The College of Wooster give chemistry majors lots of choices after graduation. Wooster is a national leader among private four-year undergraduate institutions when it comes to the number of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. About 50 percent of our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs. Another 20 percent of graduates went to medical or dental school. Other graduates are employed as teachers or work in labs for Merck, Eli Lilly & Co., Agilent and more.

Chemistry at The College of Wooster

In addition to core courses, all students at The College of Wooster complete independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This focused research project (of the student’s choosing) gives chemistry majors several semesters to develop research and presentation skills, culminating in a presentation to a faculty panel. Chemistry majors build professional skills for careers in the sciences, while also building critical thinking skills and expanding their perspectives through the variety of courses available at a small, private liberal arts college.

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Faculty

Kaitlynn Arnholt

Kaitlynn Arnholt

Visiting Instructor of Chemistry

karnholt@wooster.edu

Brett Baker

Brett Baker

Visiting Instructor of Chemistry

bbaker@wooster.edu

Paul Bonvallet

Paul A. Bonvallet

Professor of Chemistry

pbonvallet@wooster.edu

Mary Cornelius

Mary Cornelius

Administrative Coordinator - Chemistry, BCMB

mcornelius@wooster.edu

Paul Edmiston

Paul L. Edmiston

Theron L. Peterson and Dorothy R. Peterson Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Pre-Law Program

pedmiston@wooster.edu

Jennifer Faust

Jennifer A. Faust

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

jfaust@wooster.edu

Karl Feierabend

Karl J. Feierabend

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry

kfeierabend@wooster.edu

Kristin Feierabend

Kristin Feierabend

Stockroom Manager - Chemistry

krfeierabend@wooster.edu

Sara Martin

Sara E. S. Martin

Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

samartin@wooster.edu

Jhony Mera

Electronics & Instrument Technician - Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics

jmera@wooster.edu

Lilliana Morris

Lilliana S. Morris

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

lmorris@wooster.edu

Carrie Salmon

Carrie R. Salmon

Visiting Instructor of Chemistry

csalmon@wooster.edu

Timothy Siegenthaler

Timothy Siegenthaler

Instrument and Lab Tech/Machinist - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics

tsiegenthaler@wooster.edu

Mark Snider

Mark J. Snider

Robert E. Wilson Professor of Chemistry; Program Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

msnider@wooster.edu

Sarah Sobeck

Sarah J. Sobeck (Schmidtke)

Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning

ssobeck@wooster.edu

James West

James West

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry

jwest@wooster.edu


Latest News

Helen Murray Free attends the lecture of Madeleine Jacobs, president of Strategic Science and former executive director and chief executive officer of the American Chemical Society who spoke for the Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture Series in 2016.

Alumna and renowned chemist Helen Murray Free dies at 98

Lecture, endowment honor legacy of Helen Murray Free at Wooster

Lilly Woerner

Seeing Red: Investigation of the color’s use in early baroque art and stability based upon pigment preparation

Name: Lilly Woerner Majors: Chemistry and Art History Advisors: Dr. Sarah Sobeck and Dr. Tracy Cosgriff When the cochineal insect was first introduced to […]

Jenelle Booker

Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAM) as a Model for Photooxidation of Plastic Waste Using ATR-FTIR and Kinetic Modelling

Name: Jenelle C. Booker Major: Chemistry Minor: Environmental Studies and German Advisors: Karl J. Feierabend and Paul L. Edmiston As of 2017, 8.3 billion […]

Anna Schroeder

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Name: Anna Schroeder Major: Chemistry Minor: French and Francophone Studies Advisor: Dr. Sara Martin The threat of antibiotic resistance demands a response in the […]

Major

Chemistry majors follow a curriculum guided by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training and is comprised of courses across the major sub-disciplines of chemistry, including calculus, physics and molecular biology.

The major requires completion of 16 major-specific courses and room for electives and foundational courses in the liberal arts. Three semesters worth of work on independent study are factored into the major course of study.

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Minor

A minor in chemistry requires completion of six courses:

  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry II (choose one of the three)
  •  Three Chemistry courses at the 200-level or above

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Independent Study

The College of Wooster is nationally recognized for its program of Independent Study, and for more than 50 years the College has required that every graduate complete a significant Independent Study project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Chemistry majors begin identifying the project that will be the subject of their Independent Study thesis early in their junior year. Seniors set aside both semesters of their senior year to work on and deliver their projects.

 

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Alumni

Approximately 50 percent of Wooster chemistry graduates enter Ph.D. programs in areas including chemistry, environmental science, biochemistry and epidemiology. Another 18 percent have gone on to health professional schools. Graduates in chemistry have won Fulbright Awards and have gone on to earn advanced degrees at some of the nation’s most prestigious research universities.


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Megan Cooper ’95

Chemistry alumna researches genetic sequencing of COVID-19 patients

Megan Cooper ’95 leads a research laboratory that is part of the international COVID Human Genetic Effort

Diane Gorgas ’86

Chemistry alumna fights coronavirus in Ohio and globally

Diane Gorgas ’86 draws on Wooster experience in all facets of her career

Lectures

The Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture Series

The lecture series was established by Helen’s children and endowed through the Al and Helen Free Foundation. Each year, this endowed fund brings a renowned chemical scientist to campus to interact with chemistry students at a technical level and present an all-college convocation on the contributions of science to the quality of life.

2021:
Malika Jeffries-EL, Ph.D. associate dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, associate professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, Boston University

  • Scientific Talk: Design and synthesis of organic electronic materials
  • Public lecture: Taking the Road Less Travelled: My Journey to the Ivory Tower

2020: Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, Presidential Chair of Science and professor of chemistry, University of Oregon

  • Technical Lecture: Surf, Sink or Swim: Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Water Surfaces
  • Public Lecture: The Importance of Global Scientific Engagement

2018: Joseph S. Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania

    • Technical Lecture –

From Atmospheric Complexes to Aerosols: New Insights into Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Public Lecture – How We Can Rebuild Trust in Science— And Why We Must

Lab Facilities

Severance Hall and the Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Sciences

Severance Hall, the home of the Department of Chemistry, was renovated to be fully integrated, on three levels, with the Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Sciences, providing modern, expansive space for labs and classrooms.  The Departments of Chemistry and Biology, along with the and Interdisciplinary Programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Studies, share numerous research labs, classrooms and offices.

The science complex features:

  • Four teaching labs
  • Multiple instrumentation rooms
  • 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • Pre-lab and data analysis rooms
  • Melissa M. Schultz Seminar Group Study Room
  • Independent Study laboratories with carrels assigned to seniors
  • Walk-in cold room