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Department of Chemistry

Faculty and students in Drexel's chemistry department work side-by-side to address the diverse challenges facing our planet in the areas of energy, environment and health.

Drexel University’s Department of Chemistry is dedicated to excellence in education and advanced research in chemical sciences. Chemistry is often called "the central science" because it drives all life processes and is the foundation of modern technology. Undergraduate and graduate students study the traditional disciplines of chemistry and explore the workings of chemistry in the natural and technological worlds.

Faculty & Research

Chemistry faculty are conducting pioneering research in biochemistry, materials chemistry, theoretical chemistry, polymer chemistry and atmospheric chemistry. Department research is supported by corporations and public institutions such as the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health.

Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in faculty research programs as early as their freshmen year, which allows for a unique learning experience not found at many other institutions.

Learn more about research in the department of chemistry

Co-Op & Career

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students participate in three, six-month periods of full-time employment, gaining valuable, real-world career experience. The high concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the Philadelphia area provides a wide range of co-op and professional opportunities.

Drexel’s chemistry graduates have gone on to be leaders in their fields and many have been recognized for their contributions to academic, industrial and governmental research organizations around the world.

Learn more about Drexel's Co-op Program

Student Erin Katz
“Participating in research at Drexel has helped solidify my interest in chemistry, but most importantly, it has helped me find a branch of chemistry that I really enjoy.” Erin KatzBS chemistry ‘19

Recent News

  • Drexel Chemistry Lab Chemistry Laboratory Specialist Helps Department Go Virtual Drexel University’s Department of Chemistry maintains high-tech instrumentation facilities and laboratories to support the research enterprises of faculty and students. The department’s laboratory specialist, Alan Shaffer, is integral to the success of those enterprises — particularly in the challenging shift to remote teaching and learning. We spoke with Shaffer to learn more about the function of his role in the chemistry department.
  • Jerica Wilson and DJ Hall - ChemGSA Presidents ChemGSA Presidents Past and Future Reflect on Chemistry Journey We caught up with two presidents of the Chemistry Department Graduate Student Association (ChemGSA) — outgoing president DJ Hall, and new president Jerica Wilson — to get their views on chemistry, ChemGSA and their futures.
  • Drexel University's 8th Annual Celebration of Faculty Authors -- June 2, 2020 CoAS Shines at Annual Celebration of Drexel Authors In June, Drexel University gathered virtually to recognize over 100 accomplished authors and editors in its eighth-annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event. Members of the College of Arts and Sciences featured prominently in the event, including professors, graduate students and alumni from across several departments.
  • multi-ethnic hands - Our world can't wait. CoAS Creates New Role: Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it will appoint an internal candidate to the new role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. This new position will report directly to the Dean and become a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team, a group comprising Department Heads, Associate Deans and Directors.
  • teacher stadning in front of classroom - drexel teaching academy Five CoAS Faculty Tapped for Inaugural Drexel Teaching Academy Five faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences are participating in the Teaching and Learning Center’s first Drexel Teaching Academy, a 10-week program designed to develop pedagogical experts across the University and foster an interdisciplinary community among faculty who already hold this expertise.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.


Undergraduate Advising

Paige Chmielewski

Paige Chmielewski

Chemistry Major and Minor — last names A to M
Academic Adviser
Korman Center 297
215.895.0271 | pr37@drexel.edu

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Chemistry Major and Minor — last names N to Z
Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | jeg362@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Chemistry

305 Disque Hall
32 S. 32nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2639 | tml37@drexel.edu