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Chemistry Department

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Hands-on research, direct access to state-of-the-art facilities and close collaboration with faculty are key features of the Chemistry Department, leading Guilford students to achieve placement in top graduate programs as well as rewarding careers.

Chemistry majors study everything from ionic liquids to peptide conformations to chemiluminescence to molecular dynamics to nanoparticles. Students are encouraged to engage in in-depth research about the topics that interest them the most, guided and supported by expert faculty.

Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in hands-on learning through an industrial or governmental internship, undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities.

Guilford Chemistry majors have pursued a variety of careers, including chemistry and biochemistry research, teaching, medicine, patent law, business, environmental science, forensic science, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, materials science, geochemistry and chemical physics.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Chemistry Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

I appreciate the fact that at Guilford we were able to have a close relationship with our professors. The way they taught really gave me a firm grasp of the concepts related to organic chemistry.

Ampofo Darko '04
Chemistry Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • The A.B. in Chemistry provides flexibility for students with an interest in Chemistry who also intend to pursue an additional undergraduate major or attend medical, dental, veterinary, business or law school.
  • The B.S. in Chemistry requires additional upper-level Math, Physics and Chemistry courses and prepares majors to work in the chemical industry or pursue graduate research in Chemistry and related fields.
  • The Chemistry Minor gives students tools to explore fundamental principles of Chemistry through research and hands-on learning connected to their major and career goals.

Awards and Scholarships

To recognize superior work in Chemistry, the department annually offers a prize for outstanding achievement to a first-year student in chemical principles and the Harvey Ljung Scholarship to a rising senior Chemistry major. In addition, the department selects a senior for the Ted Benfey Outstanding Student Award. Chemistry majors are also eligible for the Glaxo-Wellcome Women in Science Scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding rising junior woman science major.

Chemistry Department News and Events

Formula for Success

Formula for Success

Jenn Abelin ’09, a Chemistry and Biology double major whose work focuses on mass spectrometry and cancer research, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and did post-doc work at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she works today.

In the Classroom: Forensic Chemistry [VIDEO]

In the Classroom: Forensic Chemistry [VIDEO]

Whether in the lab or out in the field, Guilford College Forensic Biology…

Chemical Reaction

Chemical Reaction

The struggle in chemistry was real for Carrie Shropshire ’16. Yet as the Oak Ridge, N.C., native wrestled with the concepts in high school, something happened. She began to appreciate the science enough to take it to the next level. 

A Smiling Success

A Smiling Success

Ashley Tracy ’20 shares how her Guilford journey helped her grow, transform her life, and set her on the path to dental school.

Chemical Connection

Chemical Connection

Ampofo Darko '04, a Chemistry major and now a professor, partners with current Guilford students on a new research project.

In Their Element

In Their Element

Chemistry majors Takisha Jones ’20 and Don McTaggart ’21 recently attended the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact Us

Anne Glenn

Anne Glenn

Professor of Chemistry

David Millican

David Millican

Visiting Professor of Chemistry

Rob Whitnell

Rob Whitnell

Professor of Chemistry