Our Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers flexible and interdisciplinary coursework within the foundational fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

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Faculty

Teaching is serious business for our faculty, who treat students as individuals and use a variety of teaching techniques to help them think productively and critically—in the classroom and in the laboratory. Our faculty members are active in research and often include students in their work. They receive numerous grants that support their research and acquire modern instrumentation.

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Department Overview

Current. Foundational. Flexible. Interdisciplinary. Experiential. Rigorous. Collaborative.

These are a few of the strengths of Oberlin’s chemistry and biochemistry program, which is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Our chemistry program offers flexible and interdisciplinary coursework within the foundational fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Our biochemistry program offers excellent training and coursework in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and bioorganic chemistry. In addition, in the course of fulfilling the biochemistry major, students simultaneously fulfill all of the science coursework required by medical schools.

The Oberlin College Science Center, a comprehensive state-of-the-art building, has classroom and instructional research facilities for up to 45 student researchers in biology, 30 in chemistry, and 15 in neuroscience. The space is ideal for faculty-student research, which ranges from bioorganic chemistry to atmospheric chemistry, photochemistry to catalysis research, materials chemistry to peptide structure, and cancer biochemistry to natural products research.

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Professor Matthew Elrod

Learning from Environmental Success

June 6, 2018
Professor Matthew Elrod shares his thoughts on the accomplishments made in the fight against air pollution and his hope that these achievements will encourage people to support policies that will protect this environmental success story and potential applications to other eco-problems.