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Chemistry tells the story of how the chemical building blocks of the universe interact with each other at every moment. If hands-on laboratory work and experimenting with theoretical concepts fires you up, a chemistry major at Linfield University will expand your ability to explore, describe and understand the world. You will have access to unique opportunities like study abroad, courses in food science and brewing, and high-level research with faculty mentors.

An American Chemical Society-approved program.

Approved chemistry program with the American Chemistry Society

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Studying chemistry at Linfield

Beyond the classroom

  • Conduct collaborative research with chemistry faculty as early as your first year at Linfield!

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  • Attend regional as well as national scientific conferences. Participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at major research institutions.

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  • Join the Chemistry Club and the American Chemistry Society (ACS) student chapter, Linfield Society of Undergraduate Chemists (LUSC). 

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  • Develop professional skills with an internship at a company like McMinnville Water and Light, Precision Analytical or Grain Station Brew Works.

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  • Study abroad in programs designed especially for chemistry students.

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As a chemistry major at Linfield

you might take:

Organic Chemistry

Use hands-on laboratory skills to investigate the chemistry of carbon-based molecules, their properties, and their reactions. (CHEM 321/322)

The Art and Science of Brewing

Study and participate in beer production and critique the brewing process. (CHEM 300)

Research in Basic and Applied Nanotechnology

Examine current scientific research, experimental design, and ethical issues as you complete your own research proposal and presentation. (CHEM 382)

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What you can do with a chemistry degree from Linfield

  • Graduate school in a wide range of medical and natural science disciplines.
  • Professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary or pharmacy.
  • Research and development in industry and biotechnology.
  • Pharmaceutical development, production and sales.
  • Fermentation science and food chemistry.
  • Chemical education and teaching high school chemistry.
  • Data analyst and informatics.
Life after Linfield

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Elizabeth (Liz) J.O. Atkinson
Elizabeth (Liz) J.O. Atkinson
Department Chair and Professor
Murdock Hall, Unit A468