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About Chemistry

The scientific investigation of the composition of matter and its transformations, chemistry is at the heart of modern scientific and technical inquiry—from the composition of distant stars, to geochemical transformations taking place deep within our planet, to modern pharmaceuticals and high-performance materials, to our own bodies. Indeed, chemistry is often dubbed the "central science," as knowledge of modern chemistry is key to advances in fields as diverse as geoscience, neuroscience, molecular biology, and materials science. Skidmore chemistry majors will graduate with a strong foundation in the chemical sciences, hands-on experience using modern instrumentation such as nuclear magnetic resonance and high-performance liquid chromatography, and experience in conducting independent research with faculty members, as well as internships. (See our interactive tour of Skidmore's science facilities.)

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Special Topics in Chemistry: Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Research
  • Inorganic Compounds and Materials
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function
  • Research Methods in Chemistry

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent faculty-student research projects:

  • Synthetic Strategies and their Application in the Organic Lab
  • Development of a Microfluidic Diagnostic Device for Malaria
  • Conservation of Alcohol Binding Sites in Bacterial and Human GABAA Receptors
  • Quantum Mechanics Calculations of Chemisorbed Nitrate
  • Atmospheric Fate of Combustion Particles
  • Expansion of the Genetic Code with Pyroglutamate
  • Dual Pathways for Asparaginyl-tRNA Formation in Bacillus Anthracis

Study abroad programs: Popular among majors are the University of Melbourne (Australia); the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen (Denmark); and IES Abroad Christchurch, University of Canterbury (New Zealand).

VIDEO: Passionate about developing an inexpensive way to diagnose malaria, Skidmore students Meti Debela '16 and Julie Bryant '16 talk about their collaborative research project with professor Kim Frederick.


Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Veterinary oncologist, Animal Emergency and Referral Associates, Fairfield, N.J.
  • VP, Anne Arundel Gen Hospital & Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.
  • Senior scientist, AstraZeneca, Boston, Mass.
  • Senior fire protection engineer, Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., Mechanicville, N.Y.
  • Chemistry teacher, Bozeman Public Schools, Bozeman, Mont.
  • Podiatrist, Buckeye Foot & Ankle, Urbana, Ohio
  • Occupational health and safety consulting, Butler Health & Safety, San Pedro, Calif.
  • Cardiologist, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, Upland, Pa.
  • Geneneral surgeon/clinical associate, Carney Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Dorchester, Mass.
  • Pediatrician/physician, Children's Care Pediatrics, Atlanta, Ga.
  • VP of research administration, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • Pediatric dentist, Children’s Hospital, Metairie, La.
  • Neurologist, associate professor, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Project coordinator, influenza division, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Safety specialist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
  • Scientist, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, Del.
  • Co-founder, Epiphany Biosciences, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Principal market planning manager, Genentech, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Professor of organic chemistry, UCLA
  • Professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • President and CEO, Health Intelligence Partners, Chicago, Ill.
  • Palliative care nurse practitioner, Hospice of the North Shore, Danvers, Mass.
  • Neuroradiologist, Jefferson Radiology, Hartford, Conn.
  • Environmental research chemist, Livermore National Labs, Livermore, Calif.
  • Allergist, Manhasset Allergy & Asthma Associates, Manhasset, N.Y.
  • Director of ultrasound, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
  • Molecular biologist, New England Biolabs, Ipswich, Mass.
  • Director of global regulatory affairs, Pfizer, Morris Plains, N.J.
  • Director of Chemistry, Karos Pharmaceuticals
  • Associate professor of biostatistics, University of Massaschusetts, Amherst, Mass.
  • Orthopaedic surgeon, US Army Medical Corps, Festus, Mo.
  • Senior Scientist, Amgen

Grad Schools: A sampler of where our alumni have been accepted

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D.
  • Cornell University, Ph.D.
  • ETH Zurich, Ph.D.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
  • Harvard University, Ph.D.
  • Howard University, dental program
  • Johns Hopkins University, masters in public health
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, M.S. in nursing
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D.
  • Oregon Health Sciences Center, Ph.D.
  • SUNY-Buffalo, M.D.
  • SUNY-Stony Brook, M.D.
  • Tufts University, Ph.D.
  • University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D.
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ph.D.
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D. and M.A.T.
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.
  • University of Rochester, Ph.D.
  • Univesrity of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.
  • University of Vermont, M.D. and Ph.D.
  • University of Washington, Ph.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D.
  • Yale University, Ph.D.


Meet the Chemistry faculty members.