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Department of Chemistry

Start your chemistry degree with a bang.

As early as your first year in Otterbein's Department of Chemistry, you can begin research in faculty-led projects. You will also have the opportunity to travel with faculty to present the results of this work at regional and national scientific meetings during your third or fourth year. This work may be published, increasing chances that you will be accepted to your top choice for graduate school or receive excellent job offers.

Additionally, Otterbein's Department of Chemistry partners with external agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the Merck Institute for Education, to support for our curriculum and research. Because of these grants, Otterbein offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of instrumentation that is not commonly available at other schools, such as Raman spectrometers and X-ray diffractometers.

Majors & Minors

We offer majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Pre-Professional Health Studies. Read more about our majors, minors, program and curriculum

Student Organizations and Opportunities

ACS Student Affiliates
Many students participate in the activities of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates, including National Chemistry Week, tours of local industry, tie-dying lab coats, and chemical demonstrations at area schools.

Undergraduate Research

Students may earn up to 4 credit hours toward the Chemistry major by participating in undergraduate research during the academic year. Many of these research projects are conducted as part of an Honors or Distinction project. Summer Research Assistant positions are also available for interested students. Additional information about research opportunities can be found on the Chemistry Student Research and Research at Otterbein pages.

Teaching Assistantships
As an undergraduate institution, the Department of Chemistry at Otterbein employs upper-level students to assist with laboratory preparation and instruction. Students have found these opportunities to be enjoyable and valuable training. Student TA's assist with labs in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and chemistry courses for non-majors.

Cardinal Science Scholarship
The Cardinal Science Scholar program provides scholarships and enhanced academic and career programming for students majoring in Chemistry, in addition to other science fields. Students interested in this scholarship program should visit the Cardinal Science Scholar webpage.


A wide variety of internship opportunities are offered by chemical industries in the greater Columbus area. Otterbein chemistry students have worked at local companies including Nestle, Ashland Chemical, Chemical Abstracts, Worthington Industries, Borden and Ross Labs. Up to 5 credit hours may be earned toward graduation requirements.

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Celina Chou
Administrative Assistant
Science 236
p/ 614-823-1316
e/ cchoufong@otterbein.edu

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