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Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science

Become a highly skilled problem solver and be part of a close-knit, student-centered learning community.

Chemistry is a powerful way to understand the world around us. Our courses will challenge you to go beyond the basics and grow as a critical thinker and effective problem solver who understands the place of chemistry in human affairs.

Faculty members from Willamette’s chemistry department have earned the Oregon Professor of the Year award three times. These dedicated teacher-scholars have built more than a reputation for inspiring students — they’ve founded a rigorous, close-knit, student-centered learning community. Whether you’re sharing your ideas in class or chatting with a professor in our academic hearth, you’ll feel right at home.

Approved by the American Chemical Society, our program focuses on a strong foundational education in five principal areas: analytical, inorganic, organic, biochemistry and physical chemistry. By the time you earn your degree, you’ll be exceptionally prepared for graduate school and a rewarding career in business or industry.

Featured Alumni


Anna Ayala '19

  • Designed a customized anesthetic at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Co-authored a study that published in a neuroscience journal
  • Collaborated with Professor of Chemistry Sarah Kirk to develop local anesthetics for surgery patients

Sierra Wilson '18

  • Earned a scholarship to work with a biomedical research team at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Trained for 10 weeks on research techniques at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, where she studied lipoprotein metabolism
  • Scholarship provided her with a job after graduation
Willamette University

Department of Chemistry

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6013 voice
503-375-5425 fax