Western's Chemistry programs provide close student-faculty contact and relatively small classes, direct access to modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation, and opportunities for cutting-edge research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Within the department, faculty are active in many research areas including biofuels, protein engineering, computer modeling, catalysis, nanomaterials, materials for solar cells, electrochemistry, polymers, thin films, protein structural analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray crystallography, and organic synthesis.
The Department of Chemistry, in addition to its core of fundamental studies in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry, has added a variety of elective courses that offer diversity in training, study and research at the undergraduate level. Students are immersed in an environment emphasizing strong interdisciplinary scientific preparation, and receive hands-on experience with advanced chemical and biochemical methods.
The Chemistry Department at Western Washington University is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and students who complete the Bachelor of Science in the Chemistry program receive ACS certification of their degree.