Why Wheaton for Chemistry?
At Wheaton, you will learn chemistry through hands-on experiences that span the classroom, teaching and research laboratories, and seminars. Experimentation and practical applications infuse our curriculum at all levels and our faculty maintain active research programs driven by undergraduate participation. Our Chicagoland location also provides a rich resource for internship opportunities with renowned scientists at local research universities, Argonne National Laboratory, and many science and technology businesses.
Sized just right, our close-knit program allows students to form solid relationships with their professors and each other. Our faculty’s commitment to research not only provides high-quality hands-on experiences for students, but their scientific inquiry also keeps their teaching fresh. And our first-rate instrumentation and research equipment is available to all students to enhance your learning.
Chemistry major/minor tracks:
- Chemistry Major
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry Major with Biochemistry Concentration
- Chemistry Major ACS Certified*
- Chemistry Major ACS Certified* in Biochemistry
- Chemistry Minor
* The department recommends an ACS major for those who are interested in jobs in industry or graduate programs in chemistry.
Honors and Awards
The Chemistry department offers an honors program which requires independent projects with original laboratory research culminating in a scholarly paper and oral examination.
Our department recognizes outstanding chemistry majors with annual awards for student achievement in General, Organic, and Physical/Analytical Chemistry. We also award a research prize, the Hanchett Prize, to an outstanding undergraduate researcher. To honor current outstanding chemistry majors, one sophomore, one junior and two senior students are chosen to receive internal awards.