What if you could map molecular structures using Gaussian software, a staple in industrial and academic labs...

Chemistry is the study of matter and its infinite transformations.

Is there cocaine on this money?
Students use methanol to extract molecules from bills, then use sophisticated equipment to tease out elements present in the sample. A full 90 percent of the money tested, as it happens, carried trace elements of cocaine. It’s all part of rigorous training in this important field.

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We are devoted to helping students become complete scientists. Our goal is to graduate accomplished researchers, but also develop students’ interpersonal, leadership, writing and presentation skills, all highly sought in chemistry.

Drew chemistry majors leave knowing how to handle instrumentation they’ll use the first day on the job, such as our time-of-flight mass spectrometer, and our inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. (And you’re not fighting a bunch of grad students to get time on the machines.)

Graduates take their degrees in a variety of directions. They are accepted to prestigious graduate schools, work for leading pharmaceutical companies and teach at the university and secondary levels.

Successful Alumni

  • Senior scientist
    Ortho Diagnostics/Johnson & Johnson
  • Vice president, business development
    Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.
  • Ph.D. candidate
    Princeton University

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Summers spent acquiring research skills
Summers spent waiting tables

My Favorite Course

“One of the most interesting concepts I learned was entropy, or disorder of the universe. The universe is becoming more disordered the same way molecules become more disordered. It’s interesting to perceive the sophistication of the universe, despite the disorder.”

Alae Kawam on General Chemistry 2

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