Promoting the Elements of Excellence

Students majoring in chemistry at Western Michigan University may prepare for a career in industry, teaching or graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine and dentistry or pharmaceuticals. The course offerings for the undergraduate degree are structured to give a broad but thorough grounding in the elements of chemistry. The chemistry curriculum can be fortified by a minor in physics, mathematics or biological sciences.

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Department news 

  • September 2017—Please join us Friday, September 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 3880 Chemistry Building for our annual Chemistry Fall Welcome. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to display past posters for this event. Soft drinks and light snacks will be provided.
  • August 2017—Thank you Honeywell Burdick & Jackson for your generous chemical donation
  • June 2017—Accepting graduate student applications for spring 2018 semester (limited spots available). Prospective applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test and preferably the Chemistry or Biochemistry Subject Test. International students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by taking either TOEFL or IELTS.
  • April 2017—Congratulations to our 2017 Chemistry award recipients.
  • April 2017—Check out our first "Special Elements" newsletter.
  • March 2017WMUK spotlights Western students turning Chemistry into art.
  • February 2017—Congratulations to Christian Hartman and Jacob Kirkendall for being selected as recipients of the OVPR Undergraduate Research Excellence Award.
  • January 2017—Kalamazoo Area American Chemical Society presents an award to Dr. Don Schreiber for 25 years of service to project SEED, Summer Research Internship Program for Economically Disadvantaged High School Students.
  • November 2016The Mohammad Hossein Yassaman Endowment for Chemistry Scholarship was established.
  • November 2016—Dr. Andre Venter has been elected to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.
  • November 2016—The College of Arts and Sciences has selected to award Dr. Elke Schoffers with the Interdisciplinary Engagement Award for the project entitled Science and perception of Climate Change.
  • July 2016Dr. William Rantz was appointed as Interim Chair of The Department of Chemistry on July 1. Dr. Rantz holds a Ph.D. in Psychology-Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. He earned his first Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education and a second Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Operations.
  • July 2016—Dr. Yirong Mo and colleagues proposed and validated a new concept termed intramolecular multi-bond strain, which refers to the repulsion among pi bonds.
  • June 2016—Dr. Gary Blackmer will be recognized for 18 years of service to WMU during a retirement reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in 3880 Chemistry Building.
  • April 2016—Dr. Steven Bertman was pivotal in developing the new sustainable brewing program in collaboration with KVCC. The program started in the fall semester of 2015; thirty students at Western Michigan University are already declared majors.