Department of Chemistry
West Chester University
Office: 119 Schmucker
Science Center South
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2631
Fax (610) 436-2890
Email: Department Chair
The Department of Chemistry at West Chester University offers undergraduate degree programs in Chemistry (ACS approved), Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry, Chemistry-Biology, and Chemical Education, as well as a Minor in Chemistry. In terms of degrees awarded, our department is among the largest in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and in the Philadelphia region.
All courses, including laboratories, are taught by faculty who excel at teaching. All tenure-track and tenured faculty have doctoral degrees, and all temporary faculty have advanced degrees. Research is undertaken as an essential extension of teaching on a one-to-one basis. Over 75 students have been coauthors of research publications. In addition, many have presented their work at regional, national and international scientific meetings (some example are found here).
Our graduates have an enviable record of 84% placement in chemistry-related fields or in graduate or professional school at the time of graduation. WCU chemists have been successful in chemical, pharmaceutical, scientific instrumentation, environmental and many other companies. In addition, many have completed doctoral programs in chemistry at prestigious graduate schools, such as Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Texas A & M University, and Yale University.
Highlights of our programs include small class size, research opportunities, modern instrumentation, internships, and a close-knit intellectual community. For information about the value and quality of your education in chemistry at WCU along with some Fun Facts, please follow this link.