Chemistry and Biochemistry


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Western Connecticut State University. Please take a moment to tour our website to learn more about our department, the programs that we offer, and other information that is pertinent to current and prospective students. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was originally part of the physical sciences division, established at the founding of Western Connecticut State College in 1903.  It became an independent department in 1958 when the first degrees in chemistry were awarded. Professor Carl Denison was the first Chair of the Chemistry Department. Today the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a modern, vital department dedicated to quality chemical education and undergraduate research.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry endeavors to provide an education in chemistry that is tailored to the individual student’s background and career objectives.  The Department also offers the chemical training necessary for allied health areas such as Nursing.  The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs are both accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).



Upcoming Events:
Welcome back Chemistry and Biochemistry majors!
We look forward to seeing you this semester.


A student may earn one of the following degrees:

B.S. Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry, ACS Approved

B.S. Chemistry with Biochemistry Option

B.S. Chemistry with Biochemistry Option, ACS Approved

B.S. Secondary Education: Chemistry

Minor in Chemistry


If you would like more information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, please contact the Departmental Secretary, Ms. Merisa Williams, at or (203)-837-8669.