Dr. Schoffers and a student in the lab looking at equipment.The Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University offers degree programs for students interested in:

  • Coursework suitable for a future related to business and sales within industrial chemistry.
  • Careers in academia.
  • Pursuing graduate studies and jobs in the laboratory and government.


Chemistry clears the way to many different pursuits including:

  • Positions in chemistry, teaching and research.
  • Preparing for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine/dentistry or pharmaceuticals
  • Working in environmental science and engineering, forensics, business and law.

Various majors are available, including secondary education (for students desiring to teach chemistry curriculum at the secondary level).

Chemistry courses offered by semester.



Graduate programs provide a broad background in chemical sciences while providing opportunities for students to work closely with faculty mentors.  The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry combine traditional classroom learning with a research experience to prepare a student in matters of critical thinking, experimental design and methodology, data evaluation and scientific ethics. Students will work with an advisor to select a research topic and achieve timely completion of research objectives through group meetings, routine reports, submission of manuscripts for publication, or presenting at local, regional, or national meetings. Grad Student Handbook.



Students may find assistance for chemistry courses from student success resources coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The following sites and resources represent chemists.