Chemistry Department

Students Present Research at Mid-Atlantic ConferenceStudents Present Research at Mid-Atlantic Conference
On Saturday, October 10, a group of 14 Hampden-Sydney students traveled to Lynchburg to present their summer independent research projects at the 17th Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) meeting hosted by Randolph College. Full Story...

Sophomore Conducts Research at Biotechnology Science CenterSophomore Conducts Research at Biotechnology Science Center
Over the summer, Robert Jackson '18 worked on an Army Research Office funded internship at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (Marshall University) in Huntington, West Virginia. Full Story...

The chemistry program centers on the mastery of broad concepts in the classroom and development of independence in the laboratory. Introductory classes, averaging 25 students per section, and advanced classes, averaging 5-10 students, are taught by five Ph.D. chemists. The chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and was recognized by the Association of American Colleges in a nation-wide search for innovative departmental curricula.

The four-year integrated laboratory experience is a unique aspect of our nationally-recognized program. If you major in chemistry, all your lab work will consist of individual, openended projects, usually a semester long. You will need, and find available, a lot of help from the faculty on your projects and will rapidly develop skill and self-reliance as you approach chemistry like a professional scientist. You will concentrate on experimental design and interpretation of results, and oral and written reports on your projects will give you proficiency in scientific communication.