Offered by the Chemistry department.

The mission of the Chemistry Program at Wheaton College is to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to understand our chemical world and investigate its complexities. We are committed to fostering students’ creativity and to preparing them for meaningful careers in the Chemical Sciences. Students grow, learn, and discover through research collaborations with faculty members. Wheaton’s small classes and hands-on teaching style are uniquely suited to helping students emerge as responsible scientists.

The Department of Chemistry offers a Chemistry major which is accredited by the American Chemical Society.



Jani Benoit

Professor of Chemistry

M. Thandi Buthelezi

Professor of Chemistry

Chris Leishman

Laboratory Instructor

Matthew J. Evans

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geology; Chair, Department of Chemistry

Hilary Magruder Gaudet

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Hannah Jo

Visiting Instructor

Christopher Kalberg

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Christopher Kotyk

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Nancy Lane

Teaching Associate in Chemistry

Emeritus Faculty

Herbert Richard Ellison

Myrna Pearson


Saralynn Spear

2021, Chemistry

Davis International Fellowship

Tenuta San Vito, Florence, Italy

After studying Italian at Wheaton for two years, I was so fortunate to experience Italian life, culture and language for myself this summer.

Gail Pires

2020, Chemistry

Davis International Fellows

Child Family Health International: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, La Paz, Bolivia

I was able to explore pediatric healthcare this summer. Having already explored obstetrics and gynecology, I was able to compare the two fields and determine which one I like better.

Matthew Goodwin

2021, Chemistry

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College Chemistry Department, Professor Christopher Kotyk, Norton, MA

This experience has reaffirmed my desire to go to graduate school and pursue a career in chemistry.

Mynaja Ferguson

2021, Chemistry

Porter Cleveland Fellowship

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA

I learned that self-care is important at a young age, in order to understand and maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and others.


100% of Chemistry majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Chemistry majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Analytical Chemist & Microscopist, ZINK Imaging
  • Associate Organic Chemist, Nova Biomedical
  • Chemist, Colgate Palmolive
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Research Associate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sample Graduate Schools

  • New York Medical College
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Vermont

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 81% for the classes of 2014-2018