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Students engage in cutting-edge research alongside expert faculty and graduate students studying problems of critical importance to our world. Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW’s chemistry program provides a hands-on approach to modern laboratory practices and instrumentation supported by a balanced introduction to the basic divisions of chemistry that emphasizes problem-solving skills.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Degree tracks allow majors to choose programs certified by the American Chemical Society or focused on forensic chemistry or biochemistry. A more flexible track allows more electives for pre-professional students.

What can I expect to learn in the Chemistry program at GW?

With an education in chemical concepts, covering analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and training in the latest laboratory practices, students learn to become effective and productive scientists.

What is the Chemistry community like at GW?

An intimate, simulating intellectual environment of cutting-edge research and scholarship pervades the Department of Chemistry. Students and faculty are engaged in a collaborative environment to address research problems of contemporary importance.

What can I do in the Chemistry field?

Chemistry is a powerful springboard to launch majors into rich and rewarding careers, from patent law and medicine, pharmacology and pharmacy, clinical and forensic laboratories to material science or academics.

developing ideas

Developing Ideas

Professor Akos Vertes and colleagues are developing a “protein microscope” that will allow researchers for the first time to view how proteins interact in living tissue.


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