A community of
innovative science

Pairing academic rigor with rich research in the nation’s capital


Who We Are


The GW Columbian College's Department of Chemistry provides a hands-on approach to modern laboratory practices and instrumentation supported by curricula in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

In a collaborative environment where faculty invite mentoring relationships and foster learning and discovery through engaged classroom and research experiences, students graduate with the expertise to pursue careers in academia, professional programs, industry and government.


Maggie Teliska

"GW is a great place to be a scientist. I had access to great faculty, world class facilities and leaders in government research labs. Best of all, my fellow graduate students became my family."

Maggie Teliska
PhD '04, Sustainable Energy Scientist

Our Programs 


Spotlight on GW Chemistry


Can Chemistry Impact Brain Disease?

Chemistry Professor Ling Hao discusses chemistry, bioinformatics, and cell biology's role in human neurodegenerative disease research with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck.

Seminar Series

We welcome visiting speakers on Fridays throughout the school year. Hear chemists from top agencies and research universities as well as GW’s own chemistry graduate students discuss their scientific breakthroughs.



View Upcoming and Past Speaker Events