Why Study Chemistry and Biochemistry?
One of the greatest benefits of studying chemistry at W&L is the hands-on training students receive when using the state-of-the-art equipment for lab and research. Because we are an undergraduate institution, there are no graduate students between our students and the instruments. This experience affords our students opportunities to work in world-class laboratories globally.
Chemistry and biochemistry majors understand essential chemical principles and have a foundation of factual chemical knowledge on which they may build in the future.
W&L is committed to an environment that is conducive to the pursuit and practice of scientific research in chemistry and related fields. This research contributes to faculty development and provides exposure for students in the role and practice of the scientific method.
Students can participate in summer research projects alongside faculty, as well as directed individual study during the academic year. These partnerships often lead to co-authoring papers in scientific journals and presenting at professional conferences.