Chemistry Department

H-S 2014-2015 Journal of Sciences ReleasedH-S 2014-2015 Journal of Sciences Released
The Hampden-Sydney Journal of the Sciences is now in its fourth year as a student-run publication and its second year of producing a print version. The Journal is a showcase of the wide variety of scientific research being conducted at Hampden-Sydney by its students. The work in the Journal represents the products of summer research experiences, departmental honors work, classroom projects, and other ventures that show the central importance of research to a complete Hampden-Sydney scientific education. 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.