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The chemistry program provides a rigorous pre-professional education for students who intend to pursue a career in science.

The tradition of combining its primary teaching role with an ongoing and exciting research program has long been a hallmark of the department. The department is committed to the development of students as investigators who have been challenged to think critically and independently. This development takes place in a supportive atmosphere where teaching and research partnerships are formed and faculty and students work together in common pursuits. Learn more »

All members of the department are actively engaged in research, and special opportunities for students exist in the areas of organic synthesis, marine environmental chemistry, molecular recognition, enzyme chemistry, photochemistry, low temperature spectroscopy, and high resolution mass spectrometry. The department has gained national prominence through its innovative program in microscale organic chemistry.

The department offers twenty-one courses and seminars during the academic year. Class size in introductory courses averages forty; advanced courses usually have fewer than ten students. More than twenty students a year participate in independent projects, and between twenty and forty chemistry and biochemistry majors graduate each year. « Close

Dana Mayo Research Fund

Chemistry Clandar of Events at Bowdoin College

When legendary Charles Weston Pickard Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus Dana Mayo passed away in November 2016, former students reached out to his wife of over fifty years, O. Jeanne d’Arc Mayo, seeking a fitting way to honor the defining role “Doc Mayo” played in their lives. 



Summer ResearchThe Chemistry department believes that high quality research opportunities are an essential component of science education. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in both academic year and summer research experiences.

Office of Laboratory Safety

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Student Awards - 2017

MaldiView all the 2017 student award recipients.