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The study of chemistry at Lewis & Clark is divided into analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Students become familiar with each area, ensuring a thorough grasp of the field.

We emphasize research as a teaching tool, so ideas explored in the classroom come to life when tested in the lab. Students are involved in research at all levels, initially assisting professors and ultimately performing studies of their own.

We also offer interdisciplinary programs in Pre-Med, Biochemistry, and Environmental Studies. Since 2005, four chemistry majors have received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. In addition, chemistry graduates have gone on to earn National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Hertz Foundation fellowships, which are some of the nation’s highest science/engineering awards.

With accomplished faculty and award winning students, more than 20,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and study space, and recent funding from the NIH, the NSF, Research Corporation, the Merck Institute for Science Education, the HHMI, the Keck Foundation, and the Fairchild Foundation, our department is well-equipped for the study of chemistry in the 21st century.


Chemistry events:

August 3rd, 2020

  • Cover page of What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna_Attasi
    Chemistry Book Group
    August 3: 4:00pm - 5:00pm:

    The chemistry department is organizing a summer reading group focused on reading What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, MI pediatrician who demonstrated that children’s blood lead levels rose dramatically after the city changed its drinking water source. The group will use its first meeting on June 15 to outline a format for the rest of the summer. All are welcome.

Chemistry news:

  • The Research Corporation for Science Advancement presents STAR Award to Professor of Chemistry Julio de Paula.
  • Lewis & Clark researchers bring ancient artisans to life through archaeology and chemistry.
  • Chemistry Professor Anne Bentley, in the lab with undergrads.

    How do you teach an introductory course to a field that is both vast in content and fundamental to understanding inorganic chemistry? Associate Professor of Chemistry Anne Bentley is helping lead an innovative study funded by the National Science Foundation that unites a group of 20 professors and researchers from across the country to develop a groundbreaking inorganic chemistry course.

  • Nikolaus Loening
    Dr. Nikolaus Loening, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the BCMB Program, is the recipient of a second consecutive Research Opportunity Award (ROA) from the National Science Foundation.


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