three students with goggles listen to professor explain experiment.
Professor Jason Belitsky’s prepares to give students instructions in his lab before starting them on a Melanin research project. Photo credit: Mike Crupi
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Current. Foundational. Flexible. Interdisciplinary. Experiential. Rigorous. Collaborative. These are among the strengths of Oberlin’s chemistry and biochemistry program, which offers majors flexible and interdisciplinary coursework within the foundational fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

Why Study Chemistry at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs
Scientific Equipment

Sample Courses

  • CHEM 051 - Chemistry and the Environment 4 credits
  • CHEM 102 - Principles of Chemistry 4 credits
  • CHEM 213 - Inorganic Chemistry 4 credits
  • CHEM 327 - Synthesis Laboratory 4 credits

Chemistry Faculty

Our faculty members are active in research and often include students in their work. They receive numerous grants to acquire modern instrumentation and that support their research, which includes cell biology, organic chemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, and other fields.

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