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Department of Chemistry

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Chemistry Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Chemistry Department promotes ethical, intellectual and social responsibility through rigorous teaching methods in the chemical sciences that develop students into best practitioners of science.

Program Goals

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry should be able to:

  • Solve both qualitative and quantitative problems utilizing critical thinking and the scientific process
  • Safely carry out scientific research; both literature and laboratory based, and write reports and/or give presentations based on that research
  • Understand the role of science in modern society and be able to identify both the positive and negative impacts chemistry has made on our world
  • Understand and explain concepts and processes related to the various divisions of chemistry

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Chemistry is the study of matter, its building blocks, its properties and behavior. Because it focuses on the central nature of physical matter, chemistry is considered a foundational science, one that can help with understanding the natural world. At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will receive a firm foundation in chemistry while gaining a broad Christian liberal arts education that puts science education into the context of life and society. 

Major Options

Minor Options

  • Chemistry
  • Science and Technology

Teacher Certification

  • Secondary Level (Grades 6–12)

What can I do with this degree?

Chemistry graduates from KWU have had great success in medical, veterinary, pharmacy, dental and other professional schools related to the allied health fields and laboratories. Our students have gone on to graduate studies in chemical engineering, physical chemistry, forensic science and analytical chemistry at such institutions as the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Lamar University, Kansas State University, the University of California and others.

Learn about the physical world in these Chemistry classes:

General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry, Laboratory Safety & Maintenance, Undergraduate Research

For more information, contact Dr. James Townsend, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, or call 785-833-4467.


Practical Education
Hands-On Learning

In addition to studying the nuts and bolts of chemistry, you will get hands-on lab experience and opportunities to conduct research and work or intern at Salina Regional Health Center or one of the local environmental and medical testing labs. You will also receive personal guidance from faculty members who will help you choose the right career from among the many available to hardworking chemistry graduates.