Chemistry is a powerful springboard that can launch students into rich and rewarding careers in pharmacology, material science, clinical and forensic laboratories, academia, patent law and more. For students interested in postgraduate study or careers in a chemical field, our American Chemical Society-certified tracks offer a rigorous and nationally recognized foundation. For those considering careers in professional fields such as medicine, dentistry, law and business, we also offer a more flexible bachelor’s degree track that incorporates a wider selection of elective courses.
All of our undergraduate degree options provide a well-rounded base in chemical theory through hands-on laboratory experience in small sections.
Prospective and current students who have questions about the chemistry major are encouraged to email Dr. LaKeisha McClary, our Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. McClary is here for you to help you and be your advocate and ally. Please reach out to her at [email protected]
All incoming students who intend to pursue certain academic fields including chemical sciences must complete the ALEKS Chemistry Preparatory Course. The ALEKS course occurs over the summer before undergraduate students begin at GW.
In addition to meeting the general requirements stated under university regulations, a candidate for graduation with special honors in chemistry must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in chemistry courses and take CHEM 4195 or CHEM 4195W for at least three credits over two semesters. Along with the final report required for the research course, honors-track students also complete a poster or oral presentation.
“Being a part of the Chemistry Department was one of the biggest highlights of undergrad. The entire department, including the administration and faculty, are so welcoming and friendly. I really enjoyed going to lab every day!”