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Department of Earth and Physical Sciences



About the Program

Chemistry is the study of matter, the material of the universe and its changes. A knowledge of chemical principles provides the groundwork for the intellectual consideration of the effect of chemistry on society.

Western's chemistry program is designed to prepare students for careers as laboratory chemists or forensic chemists, for graduate study in pure or applied chemistry, or as a core for pre-professional training for careers in the health sciences and chemical education. Combining a chemistry major with an appropriate minor prepares students for careers in fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, toxicology and in environmental and atmospheric science.

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