The study of chemistry has a long and rich history at William & Mary, with references dating back to Thomas Jefferson. Today the Chemistry Department offers one of the nation's premier undergraduate programs, typically producing more majors every year than any other predominantly undergraduate institution in the country. The department offers bachelor's degrees in chemistry, a minor in biochemistry, and several master’s degree tracks.
A public liberal arts institution, William and Mary offers both close personal interaction with faculty members and the research resources of a university. All courses in the Chemistry Department, including laboratories, are taught by faculty members. Facilities for teaching and laboratory work in the Integrated Science Center are excellent. All students have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art instrumentation as part of formal courses and faculty-directed research activities. Chemistry faculty members are actively engaged in research, and students may elect to join a faculty research lab as early as their freshman year. Most Chemistry students participate in at least one summer of paid research under faculty supervision and many are engaged in summer research for two or even all three summers during their education. Students are routinely named as coauthors on publications in scientific journals. Our graduates are welcomed by premier Ph.D. and professional programs and also enter the workforce directly in fields including education and healthcare.