Department of Chemistry

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Research opportunities that parallel those of graduate school students make BW’s chemistry program ideal for career preparation and advanced studies.

The rigorous program blends theoretical study with practical application. You can work one-on-one with a faculty mentor and delve into complex research.

Round-the-clock access to bench space and equipment provide you with remarkable laboratory and research experience at the undergraduate level.

BW’s technologically advanced classrooms and labs are equipped with specialized instruments and computer systems to provide engaged learning experiences.

Independent research studies, field experiences and internships offer hands-on application. Opportunities to work on real-world research projects enhance the visibility and credibility of research you may be asked to present at scholarly conferences or for publication.

The chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). If you are interested in pursuing an intensive program of study, you can opt for the ACS certified major, which requires additional coursework beyond that needed for completion of a chemistry major. A chemistry-based engineering program is also available.

Outstanding Graduate School Success

In the past five years, 94 percent of BW chemistry graduates are either employed in the field or attending graduate or professional school. The majority of students attending graduate school are receiving free tuition and a full stipend to cover all living expenses while earning a Ph.D.

Neuroscience Blends Brain, Psychology

BW’s nationally recognized neuroscience program is an interdisciplinary study unifying biology, psychology and chemistry. Its hallmarks include strong academics, hands-on research, one-on-one mentoring, and proven student and alumni success. Ninety-five percent of BW neuroscience students who apply to medical school or graduate programs receive acceptance. It was named the2012 International Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

If you would like to become a science teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.

Career Opportunities

Scientific Research & Development
Pharmaceutical Sales
Forensic Chemistry
Science Teacher
Medical and Dental Health Care
Chemical Engineering
Health Care Technicians


Chemistry is comprehensive and rigorous. It is offered as a major and minor.

BW offers a strong, broad-based foundation in the principles of chemistry as well as focused areas of study: biochemistry, instrumentation, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry.

You’ll learn from faculty who hold doctorates in their subject matter and have decades of teaching experience.

Students interested in chemistry can choose from three programs of study:

Bachelor of Science degree, which prepares students for careers in industry and other fields, graduate school and professional schools of medicine, dentistry and engineering.

ACS Certified Degree follows a pattern of study based on the recommendations of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society for the ACS certified degree. A certified degree in chemistry is a valuable personal credential that serves as recognition for completing a rigorous academic chemistry curriculum in an ACS-approved department.

Chemistry-based engineering, a program that prepares BW students to earn an engineering degree through educational affiliations with the engineering schools of Case Western Reserve University and Columbia University. Upon satisfactory completion of the three-year coursework at BW and the last two years of the engineering program at the engineering school, a student receives the Bachelor of Arts degree from BW and the Bachelor of Science in their chosen field of engineering from the engineering school.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's chemistry program.

At BW, student success is a top priority. You’ll be encouraged to present at conferences, work with a partner company for research, submit a paper for publication and apply for summer research positions.

Over the years, BW chemistry students have earned coveted national summer research positions with major medical centers, corporations and academic institutions.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:


Baldwin Wallace’s Department of Chemistry has laboratory facilities used by students and faculty in thesis work and collaborative research.

The quality of thesis and collaborative research conducted by BW students is outstanding. Students present research at professional conferences and have had their research published in journals.

BW’s chemistry department offers impressive laboratories that provide easy and open access to equipment, projects and consultation with faculty. Spacious and safety conscious, the labs feature specialized instruments and dedicated space that enable students to work on complex research projects as a team or individually.

Juniors and seniors interested in intensive work in a particular subject can do a thesis study under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The caliber of this research often parallels that of graduate level students and makes an impressive addition to a vita or resume for employment or for graduate or professional school.

The Chemistry Department has a wide array of specialized instruments, including:
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
FT-IR spectrometer
Ultraviolet/visible spectrometer
Atomic absorption
Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer

Independent Study

Independent study offers enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Internship Opportunities

BW’s proximately to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities.

Summer internships are available in local industries and research labs. National internships are also available.

In recent years, BW chemistry students have interned at Colorado State University, University of Akron, Purdue University, Cleveland Clinic and PPG. Others have participated in the BW Summer Scholar's program and Gund Fellowship under the mentorship of BW Professor Dr. Raymond Shively. Another student received a Chester's Scholar Fellowship at MetroHealth in Cleveland.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

American Chemical Society
The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society helps chemistry majors explore opportunities in the field.

Pre-Medical Society
Delta Omega Chi, the Pre-Medical Society, sponsors medically related volunteer activities, guest speakers, tours to institutions with professional programs, and mentoring with pre-medical upperclassmen and the faculty advisor. This organization is ideal for students interested in health care professionals such as physicians, physician assistants and dentists.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Recent BW Chemistry majors are finding their success at:

Eastman Kodak
Unilever Labs
Bonne Bell
Ben Venue
Hukill Chemical
Patterson Dental Labs


CDC, Centers for Disease Control
VA, Veteran's Administration Hospital
CWRU genetics, infectious diseases, public health
CCF, angiogenesis research

Professional Schools

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy Program
Johns Hopkins Nursing School
Wright State School of Medicine
Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical College of Ohio
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Ohio State University School of Medicine
Ohio State University School of Optometry
Ohio State University School of Dentistry
Ohio State University School of Pharmacy
Case Western Reserve University Anesthesiology
Palmer College of Chiropractic - Port Orange Florida
University of Pittsburgh Pharmacology Program

Graduate Schools

University of Southern California
University of Notre Dame
Case Western Reserve University
University of Pittsburgh
Indiana University
Ohio State University
University of California
University of Tennessee
University of Florida
University of North Carolina
University of South Carolina
Iowa State University
Stanford University

Alumni Spotlights

With a strong track record of success, BW chemistry alumni are employed or attending graduate/professional schools across the U.S.

Jessica McClarren '13 began medical school at Ohio University Fall 2013.

Adam Assink '12 is working as a chemist at PPG Industries.

Megan Becker '12 is a quality assurance auditor specialist at Ben Venue.

Christopher Barton '12 joined the Peace Corps.

Lauren Cmarik '12 is a chemist at PPG Industries in their Automotive Coating facility.

Alyssa Costanzo '12 is attending graduate school for a master's degree in chemistry.

Christopher Cramer '12 is at Johns Hopkins University for its accelerated BSN program. He will then apply to Georgetown University for its master’s program for Nurse Anesthetist.

Krissy Lahman '12 is working at AkzoNobel in Strongsville. Her work involves the development of sustainable paper coatings.

Daniel Mauser '12 is working at NSL Analytical Services as a Chemist I on the CS-444LS carbon sulfur determinator and being trained on other instruments.

Nataly Mualem '12 is attending Cleveland State University for a master's degree in biology. She will then apply to dental school.

Suzanna Prodan '12 is attending Cleveland State University's Ph.D. program in clinical bioanalytical chemistry.

Stephen Toth is working with CDC in Georgia. He will later decide between at MD or Ph.D. for future studies.

Julie Tuck '12 is attending the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for its three year Pharm.D. program. She will graduate in May 2015 with a Doctor of Pharmacy.

Michael Wojtalewicz '12 is attending Cleveland State University to complete his engineering degree.