BS or BA MAJOR & MINOR
The Warren Wilson chemistry program is serious and intense. But with the help of your faculty, the Chemistry Crew, the Elvis lounge, and the company of the cool chemistry cat Mendeleev, you will thoroughly enjoy your exploration of the basis of our world.
Options Abound: Pursue a B.A. or a B.S.
We know that different students seek different opportunities from their Chemistry degree which is why we are pleased to offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Your faculty will work with you to determine which is right for you.
- Our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree prepares students for graduate school, for medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school, as well as preparing you for good jobs as a traditional “bench chemist.”
- Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is a suitable track for those students who have an interest in careers that emphasize teaching or technical work. It is also an excellent track for students who wish to double-major, or who desire flexibility for taking a wider variety of liberal arts courses.
We know that tools matter. As you work with faculty and develop your own independent research projects, you will have access to a variety of instrumentation. Just a few of our instruments are:
- Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP): A Perkin Elmer Optima 3100 XL ICP is used for multi-element environmental research by our students.
- Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS): The Shimadzu Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) is used to separate mixtures and to characterize each component in the mixture.
- High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC): The Department has two high performance chromatographs used by many students in their Natural Science Undergraduate Research Sequence (NSURS).
- Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA): The Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AA) is used to measure the concentration of metals such as lead, mercury, zinc and iron.
I love how intellectually demanding my work on Chemistry Crew is, how challenging it is to work behind the scenes making solutions and setting up experiments, and how rewarding it is to constantly deepen my understanding as I tutor students in introductory concepts.Rebecca Hirsch '18