Chemistry Department

Journal of the Sciences 5 PublishedJournal of the Sciences 5 Published
The Journal of the Sciences now has half a decade under its belt. Hampden-Sydney's very own science publication, which showcases a wide variety of undergraduate research in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, just released Volume 5 this spring. According to Dr. Michael Wolyniak, associate professor of biology and advisor to the Journal, it fills a void of needing a place to consolidate the great undergraduate scientific work taking place on campus. Full Story...


Geek WeekGeek Week
JD Chaudhry '16
On Friday, April 1st, the annual Geek Week Science Demonstrations event took place in basement of Gilmer Hall. The event was hosted by the Society of Physics Students, the Beta Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the Chemistry Club, and the Pre-Health Society. This event has been a tradition for the Society of Physics Students for about 15 years now, however, this was the first year we were able to involve almost all STEM related, student run organizations on campus. The event was a huge success and attracted over 80 people, from the Hampden-Sydney community, Prince Edward County and the Fuqua School community. 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.