An undergraduate degree in chemistry is highly versatile and will provide a solid foundation for a wide variety of exciting careers. The chemistry program at Western is instructed by enthusiastic, award-winning faculty. With small classes, a friendly atmosphere, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, chemistry students also acquire important skills crucial in today’s competitive job marketplace.

Whether taking a medication to treat a disease, driving a car, or playing on our smartphones, chemistry has an immense impact on all aspects of our daily lives. Chemistry, also known as the central science, is the study of materials at the atomic and molecular level, and in particular, their properties, composition, and reactions.

Since all materials are composed of atoms and molecules, a thorough understanding of chemistry is crucial to the understanding of all other physical and biological sciences, ranging from astronomy to medicine, to zoology. Phenomena such as global warming, the health effects of trans fats, and the efficiency of hybrid vehicles, can all be explained by chemical principles. Accordingly, chemists contribute substantially to the discovery and development of new technologies, be they environmental, medical, or transportation, to name a few.