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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.

WMU is a premier, comprehensive, public research university. The University strives to add value to the lives of its learners and continuously improve the quality of its programming to meet the needs and expectations of the communities it serves.

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Department news 

  • April 2019Congratulations to the 2019 Chemistry award/scholarship recipients.
  • February 2019 - A new agreement between Aquinas College and Western Michigan University provides a path for Aquinas students to obtain two degrees in less time, allowing them to earn an advanced degree faster, with less cost and in programs that give them the skills and expertise needed in the marketplace. You can read read more about this exciting venture here. Additionally, please click here to read the article featured on Mlive.
  • September 2018 - Chemistry welcomes Kylie Schultz as Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Kylie Schultz has worked in various higher education and non-profit sector positions since graduating with her Master's Degree in Counselor Education from WMU in 2007, including serving as part-time faculty at KVCC and WMU since 2008. She brings many years of experience as a counselor, teacher and helping professional to working with college students. Welcome, Kylie!
  • June 2018 - Please join us Tuesday, June 26th as we joyfully wish Pamela McCartney, Dr. Robert Sutton and Tami Yonkers of the Chemistry Department all the best as they begin their journey into retirement. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Brown and Gold Room (Room 242) of the Bernhard Center.
  • June 2018 - The second edition of Special Elements in Excellence newsletter was distributed by email and print. Click here to see what's been happening in the Chemistry Department.
  • April 2018—Dr. Robert Sutton has received the 2017-2018 College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Appreciation Award. The award recognizes Dr. Sutton's outstanding commitment to student learning over the course of his career. The College will honor Dr. Sutton with an award presentation at 1:00 pm on April 3, 2018 in room 1260 of the Chemistry Building. Please RSVP to
  • March 2018—If it wasn’t for Mohammad Hossein Yassaman (B.A.'77, Economics; M.A.'78, Operations Research), Dr. Hashem Akhavan-Tafti’s (M.A.'88, Chemistry) years as a student in the United States would have been profoundly different. Without Yassaman, Akhavan-Tafti would have never ended up at Western Michigan University, a move that he says “saved his life.” So to honor his friend and mentor, Akhavan-Tafti and wife SuzAnne recently established an endowed scholarship in Yassaman’s name. Read the full story here.