The chemistry department employs a novel, hands-on approach that, while blurring the boundaries between the subdisciplines of chemistry, encourages students to explore lessons in the laboratory from the first year onward. As a result it is common for majors to become involved in student-faculty research as early as the sophomore year.
It would be impossible to exaggerate the influence of chemistry on the development of our modern, technology-driven society. Advances made in the chemical sciences have had a profound impact on our lives. Our goal is to allow students the opportunity to participate in furthering these advances by providing them with a firm foundation in chemistry. We aim to fulfill this mission through the use of innovative instructional methodologies, exposure to relevant laboratory techniques, field experiences and the hands-on use of modern instrumentation.
To celebrate the field of chemistry, each year, the Joseph Priestley Award brings to campus a distinguished scientist honored for discoveries that contribute to the welfare of humankind.
“I wasn’t born to be a chemist. [My Dickinson] professors really inspired me to want to pursue a career and gave me the confidence to go do it.”
—Chad Mirkin, one of the world’s foremost experts in chemistry and nanotechnology; director of Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology; and one of very few individuals to be elected to all three U.S. National Academies (Medicine, Science and Engineering)