Department of Chemistry

Professor: Arumainayagam, Hearn, Wolfson (Chair)
Associate Professor: Elmore, Flynn, Haines, Miwa, Nunez
Assistant Professor: Carrico-Moniz, Radhakrishnan, Vardar-Ulu
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Reisberg, Verschoor
Visiting Lecturer: Ferris
Senior Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory: Doe, Hall, McCarthy, Turnbull
Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory: Huang, Kadar, Moyer, Oakes, Mukundan, Trainor

Chemistry has often been referred to as “The Central Science.” Knowledge of the properties and behavior of atoms and molecules is crucial to our understanding of medicine, biological systems, neuroscience, nanotechnology, environmental science and myriad other areas. All of the traditional divisions of chemistry—analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry—are represented on the faculty, in the course offerings and in opportunities for student-faculty collaborative research.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses meet for three periods of lecture/discussion and one 3.5-hour laboratory appointment weekly. CHEM 306 and the selected topics courses will generally be taught without laboratory, but may include laboratory for some topics.

The chemistry department reviews elections of introductory chemistry students and places them in CHEM 105, CHEM 105P, or CHEM 120 according to their previous preparation, Advanced Placement (AP) scores, A-level grades, International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, and department placement exams. Students with a 5 on the Chemistry AP exam (or C or better on the A-level or 5 or higher on the higher level IB exam) typically elect CHEM 120. They may elect CHEM 211 if they demonstrate sufficient mastery of material from CHEM 120 on the department’s exemption exam. Details of the AP/IB/A-level policy and the exemption and placement exams are on the department’s website, www.wellesley.edu/Chemistry/chem.html. Students who have taken one year of high school chemistry should elect CHEM 105 followed by either CHEM 205 or CHEM 211.

 

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