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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


FAQs, Chemistry

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the chemistry program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit. 

What areas of chemistry are taught at Widener?

Widener offers a full range of classes for chemistry majors and minors, including general, organic, biochemistry, analytical, instrumental, environmental, physical, and inorganic chemistry. Our biochemistry program also offers students the opportunity to earn a major or minor in biochemistry. 

What’s special about the faculty at Widener?

Faculty members at Widener are committed to engaging students in the learning process. We believe in active learning and help our students to grow both personally and professionally. We teach our own courses—there are no teaching assistants at Widener. We excel in both teaching and research. Classes are small, so students develop a close working relationship with the faculty.

What’s special about the students at Widener?

Students at Widener are interested in a broad learning experience. They are academically talented, personally motivated, and have a wide variety of interests in and out of the classroom. They are involved in the community. They are supportive of their peers and participate in campus activities.

Are there opportunities for undergraduate research?

Yes! Widener encourages undergraduate research and requires it for chemistry majors.

We have recently renovated research labs to provide additional research space. Faculty members are engaged in active research projects, including interdisciplinary projects with other divisions such as biology and engineering.

As part of their research, students have the opportunity to travel to national and regional conferences to present their work. This includes travel to the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and to the American Chemical Society national meeting, as well as to many regional conferences. Students who are eligible can complete a senior thesis based upon an extended research project.

I can’t decide among chemistry, biochemistry, and biology is it easy to switch majors?

Yes! Course requirements are very similar in the first year. Changing majors only requires filling out a form and reviewing course requirements with your advisor to make sure you are on track.

Can I be a double major?

Many students decide to double major in chemistry along with another science or engineering discipline.

Can I apply to medical school with a chemistry major?

Yes, chemistry majors are very competitive in medical school; however, you will need to take additional biology classes to complete most medical school admissions requirements.

What can Widener offer me if I want to become a science teacher?

Widener has an excellent science teaching program designed for students seeking certification in secondary education. We have new science education laboratories designed to give students hands-on experience in developing classroom activities and lesson plans.

What is ACS Certification?

Widener offers an ACS-certified degree in chemistry that follows the guidelines established by the American Chemical Society. This is a more rigorous program that provides a broader range of scholarship than a regular chemistry major. It also shows that the Widener University Chemistry Department has met the standards required by the American Chemical Society with respect to curriculum, faculty, and facilities.