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Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is where inquiry meets innovation and curiosity fuels discovery.

At WSU, you’ll learn to think across disciplines, enhance your reasoning abilities, and improve your knack for problem-solving—all of which are key skills for a career in any field you choose.

From forensics and pharmaceuticals to nanotechnology and homeland security, the study of the properties, composition, and structure of elements and compounds and their interactions is foundational to understanding our physical world and creating new opportunities.

Featured Courses

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301 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of the chemistry of the elements using basic principles of bonding, acid-base and oxidation-reduction chemistry, and thermodynamics.

Chemist's work drawn in dry erase marker on glass, with chemistry equipment in background.

410 Advanced Synthesis and Characterization

Synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds and solid-state materials; modern synthetic technology, characterization methods, and laboratory techniques.

Department of Chemistry in the News

Awards honor outstanding faculty, staff, and students

Undergraduate awards Twenty-three outstanding seniors, each representing a degree program offered in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Pullman, will be honored at a separate medallion ceremony on Friday, May 3, the day before commencement. By College of Arts and Sciences for WSU Insider.

Bone defect research takes first at 3 Minute Thesis

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 3 Minute Thesis qualifier competition took place on March 6, in which 10 PhD students challenged themselves to present a distilled thesis within three minutes and with only one slide as a visual aid. Under the pressure of time and conveying their research to a general audience and […]

Meet the new faculty of 2023

The breadth of scholarly interests and teaching expertise of the college’s newest faculty—from environmental humanities and many-body physics to economic globalization and the history of visual storytelling—enriches and expands the arts and sciences across the WSU system. Click “read more” to learn a little about each of these new faculty members. Arts & Humanities | […]

Seed Grants for CAS faculty

Five College of Arts & Sciences received a 2023 New Faculty Seed Grant from the WSU Office of Research. The grant program supports junior faculty in developing research, scholarly, or creative programs that lead to sustained professional development and external funding. The program is sponsored by the Office of Research and the Office of the […]