College of Arts & Sciences
- Science Division
- Kirkbride, Room 323
- tel: 610-499-4002
Dr. Loyd Bastin
- Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 469A
- tel: 610-499-4022
Chemistry is fundamental to many scientific disciplines, and it helps us understand other physical and life sciences. Often referred to as the “central science,” chemistry is the bridge between physics, mathematics, and biology.
At Widener, students receive the intellectual background to understand how chemistry explains the workings of the natural world. Students also participate in active learning environments that include undergraduate research. This helps to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills that prepare students for success in a variety of fields.
A degree in chemistry can prepare students for a job in the chemical industry, an advanced science degree, or medical school.
The chemistry major allowed me the flexibility to explore different sciences, while preparing me well for my professional studies. My decision to major in chemistry ultimately proved to be helpful as I worked for a year as a quality-control chemist for a pharmaceutical company before attending medical school. I felt well prepared for both.
Widener University's chemistry program gave me the basic knowledge I needed to pursue a career with a more specific focus. I did not realize it until I started my master’s program at Arcadia University. I was more prepared for the next level of education than many of the other students in the program.
I chose chemistry after I had been taught by great faculty members in the chemistry department at Widener. I learned a great deal from them and got to participate in so many opportunities that I wouldn't have had the chance to without them. I got involved in research early in my time at Widener when I was invited to be part of a freshman summer research experience with the department.
Widener is the first university in the state of Pennsylvania to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment. Learn more about the chemistry program at Widener and what the agreement means for students and faculty.
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