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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Department Overview

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The aim of the Swarthmore Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to provide sound training in the fundamental principles and basic techniques of the science and to provide interested students with the opportunity for advanced work in the main subdisciplines of modern chemistry and biochemistry.

There is an active research program at Swarthmore and students are encouraged to include research as part of their undergraduate education. In addition to close collaboration in research labs, many of the upper level courses are taught as seminars providing for in-depth exchanges between students and faculty.

Most of our graduates go on to either graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry or to medical school. Swarthmore's chemistry major and biochemistry major are both certified by the American Chemical Society.

24 students are doing research this summer
under the supervision of 5 faculty members.

Participation in research exposes students to the practice of chemistry as a process of creating new knowledge.

Students have opportunities to engage in independent research in close collaboration with faculty.

Ice cream served chemistry style!

Ice cream served chemistry style!

Orgo I lab having a round table discussion about their unknown compounds.

Orgo I lab having a round table discussion about their unknown compounds.

Students have frequent opportunities to present their research in poster sessions on campus and at professional meetings.

Students have frequent opportunities to present their research in poster sessions on campus and at professional meetings.

Faculty-student collaboration is an integral part of the undergraduate experience in Chemisty and Biochemistry at Swarthmore.

Faculty-student collaboration is an integral part of the undergraduate experience in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Swarthmore.

Academic Curriculum

The department offers a course major in Chemistry, a special Major in Biochemistry and a special major in Chemical Physics.

A Chemistry team of two faculty members and nine research students ran a 5-week summer enrichment program for middle school students.

Community Outreach

During National Chemistry week, students and faculty visit local schools to do demonstrations and supervise hands-on activities.

24 students are doing research this summer
under the supervision of 5 faculty members.

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Full Colloquium Series Schedule

Colloquium

The department hosts regular Colloquia meetings to introduce students to a broad range of topics currently being explored by scientists in labs at Swarthmore and other institutions.

Colloquium Series Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

 

Full Colloquium Series Schedule