Department of Chemistry

Explore life’s interactions.


From the environment and space science to aluminum, aspirin, and soup, chemistry can be found everywhere around us throughout our daily lives. Chemists study matter and energy, interactions and reactions.  

As a chemistry student at Walla Walla University, you will explore the major fields of chemistry and develop a wide range of skills applicable across many career paths. The robust curriculum will develop skills necessary for future success in graduate or professional schools and eventually the workplace.  


Student Spotlight

Meet Anja, a senior biochemistry major here at Walla Walla University. Follow along as she shares a day in her life working as a summer research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

College Experience

What will your college experience look like as a chemistry major?

Interaction with professors: Learning from distinguished faculty means you’ll have unparalleled access to expertise in specialties such as medicinal chemistry, metabolism, organometallics, and more. Close ties between faculty and students can lead to strong letters of recommendation or published research. 

Individual research project: Most students complete a research project during their senior year, built on great hands-on experiences in lab classes. WWU’s faculty will equip you with the skills needed to excel in your project and have the strongest advantage when starting your career. 

Clubs: The Chemistry Club at WWU coordinates a variety of fun and engaging social events you will enjoy. Many of our majors are interested in pursuing further studies in medical, dental, and pharmacy school and find membership in the pre-professional club to be a rewarding experience.  


Career Path

What can your career path as a chemistry major look like?

As a chemistry or biochemistry graduate, you will have a world of possibilities open to you. Our graduates go on to become medical doctors, pharmacists, chemists, chemical engineers, and even lawyers. Our graduates have launched their professional careers by starting in positions such as nuclear pharmacists, professors, cardiologists, naval researchers, public health workers, and more.  

A chemistry degree will also help you prepare a solid foundation for entrance exams including the MCAT, DAT, and more. In many of these careers, post-graduate studies are common.


News & Updates


Excellence in thought
July 16, 2024

Excellence in thought

WWU relaunches annual academic excellence symposium

School by the sea
August 16, 2023

School by the sea

WWU's marine biology lab hosts students for summer classes

Research blooms
August 10, 2023

Research blooms

Grant funds collaborative research at WWU on harmful algal blooms in PNW

Graduation weekend 2023
June 06, 2023

Graduation weekend 2023

Doug Tilstra, vice president of student life, to give commencement address

Sophisticated chemistry
May 24, 2023

Sophisticated chemistry

Chemistry department purchases new advanced equipment