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Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science

Evonne A. Baldauff, Ph.D., Chair




Waynesburg University’s Chemistry Program seeks to provide an environment where students are inspired to explore and experiment as they acquire knowledge. As our faculty teach the foundational aspects of chemistry, they will focus on active student learning, mastery, and retention. Students will be trained to think critically and independently so that they might not only understand the ways in which the world works but also draw in their own curiosity and creativity to investigate the development, design, and manipulation of chemical constructs.


Our students will be provided with a vibrant, personalized, and quality chemical education that is approved by the American Chemical Society. Faculty will actively encourage students to enrich their education through individual research experiences so that they might learn to integrate conceptual knowledge, professional development, and laboratory skills. Science-focused service activities, organized by our award-winning student organizations and coupled with the traditional classroom experience, will provide additional pathways to gain competitive skills such as leadership, responsibility, adaptability, and innovation.

The culmination of this study equips students to competitively pursue advanced degrees in areas such as chemistry, biochemistry, medicine or pharmacy, or find beneficial and satisfying careers in technology or industry, pure or applied research, teaching, or health-related professions. Examples of the various career paths available to our majors include technical work in analytical, government, pharmaceutical, forensic, or research and development facilities. Other viable alternatives include positions as high school teachers, safety officers, sales representatives, or technical managers.


Students will:

  • Develop a strong, comprehensive foundation in analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and biochemistry, while learning to understand the connections between these areas.
  • Learn to reason analytically, applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills, to confidently approach questions as a scientist.
  • Gain practical and functional hands-on experience of commonly used instrumentation with an emphasis on interpretation of results, trouble-shooting, and understanding the underlying theories of operation.
  • Participate in research experiences that promote independent learning, build literature skills, develop creative thinking, and highlight the design and execution of novel experiments.
  • Develop superior communication skills through focused practice in writing lab reports, technical papers, oral presentations, and critically analyzing scientific articles.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and implement standard laboratory safety procedures, considering environmental concerns and acting in an ethical, professional, and responsible fashion.
  • Have the opportunity to integrate their studies of chemistry with the University’s mission of faith, learning, and service by participating in departmental activities and student organizations.