Chemists are needed as part of the teams that will solve the complicated problems facing our world, including issues in energy, health, security, and defense. Chemists are essential in developing the technologies and materials to support modern life!
You’ll find chemists in a variety of industries: semiconductor, energy storage, pharmaceutical, solar cell, petrochemical, nanomaterials, personal care products, coatings, plastics, food products, to name a few. Chemists are involved in making public policies, patent and intellectual property law, and educating the future generations of scientists.
Chemistry is not static; discoveries affecting human life are made every day. You can become part of this vibrant group of scientists striving to understand the natural world and create new technologies based on that knowledge.
Our students are trained to be leaders in the field.
In your first chemistry course at Wash U, Chem 111A, you will be trained in complex problem solving, collaborative approaches to addressing scientific questions, and critical thinking skills, and you will engage in active-learning exercises. This course incorporates the fundamental concepts and themes of modern chemistry. Through our Peer-Led Team-Learning (PLTL) exercises and small group work in your recitations, you will enhance your chemical reasoning and time-management skills, which you will find valuable in your time here at Wash U and beyond.