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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4002

  • Andrea E. Martin, PhD

    • Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 466B
    • tel: 610-499-4515



Why Widener?

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Research Opportunities

Research is a core component of the chemistry program at Widener University. Not only does it give students hands-on experience, but it also instills leadership qualities that help students to be successful in careers upon graduation. On average, chemistry majors collaborate with faculty on research projects during two of their four years on campus. Chemistry majors regularly travel to regional and national conferences to present their findings.

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Culture of Sustainability

The Widener science faculty includes some of the leading teachers and researchers in the fields of sustainability and green chemistry. Many of the chemistry department’s labs feature green experiments, and students, as future scientists, are encouraged to consider how they will meet society’s current needs without compromising future generations. Widener became the first Pennsylvania institution to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment in 2014.

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Small Class Sizes

Class sizes in chemistry are small, meaning undergraduates get the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with their faculty. Widener’s chemistry faculty members are committed to engaging students in the learning process through active learning. Smaller class sizes also allow students to optimize their learning experience to meet their personal and professional goals.

  • ray clifford
  • robert j. hickey
  • karen e. jordan
  • michael j. polen, jr.
ray clifford

Ray Clifford


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.

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robert j. hickey

Robert J. Hickey


I would not change the three years of undergraduate research. In those three years, I was able to explore new ideas and develop hands-on experience in the lab.

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karen e. jordan

Karen E. Jordan


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.

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michael j. polen, jr.

Michael J. Polen, Jr. 


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. 

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Green Chemistry

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.

Potential Careers

  • Chemist
  • College professor
  • School teacher
  • Researcher
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Lawyer
  • Forensic scientist

Recent Employers/Graduate Programs Attended

  • DuPont
  • Galest, Inc.
  • Bristol Meyers
  • Quest Pharmaceutical Services
  • Drexel University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Southern Research Institute
  • Georgetown University
ACS approved

The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), who regularly review the program to ensure its curriculum and resources enable students to receive a high-quality education.