Chemistry is the central science.  Chemists are currently working on solving some of society's biggest problems such as:

  • Developing new drugs to treat diseases such as cancer, AIDS, malaria, and Alzheimers
  • Developing the materials and chemical reactions that will make solar power practical and economically viable
  • Understanding the detailed mechanism of how molecules interact in the body and what goes wrong to cause disease
  • Modification of industrial manufacturing processes so as to make them more environmentally benign

Advances in chemical technology have been at the center of many products that are an integral part of modern life including

  • Long-lasting rechargable batteries
  • Touch Screens
  • Flat Panel displays
  • MRI scans
  • Lightweight sporting goods

Students who earn a degree in chemistry may find themselves working on one or more of these problems beginning with their time as a Goucher student.

Chemistry at Goucher

The real strength of the Goucher College Chemistry Department lies in the spirit in which chemistry is done here. This spirit becomes manifest in

  • Excellent Teaching
  • Small classes
  • Student-faculty research endeavors
  • All lab sections taught by full-time faculty
  • Students assisting other students
  • Informal student-faculty interactions
  • General departmental camaraderie

Alumnae/i who faithfully return to the annual Chemistry Club Banquet confirm that it represents a unique and valuable part of department life. It is the hope of the entire department that future graduates will agree and remember the department with pride, warmth, and loyalty. 

We invite you to explore our site and visit the department (located on the second floor of Hoffberger) to learn more about why we are excited to be chemists and what the chemistry department can offer you

 Department Chair
Pam Douglass | 410.337.6314 | pamela.douglass@goucher.edu


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Emily Hewlings
Emily Hewlings
“As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I just really felt like this was my school.”