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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Welcome from Dr. Ellen Gawalt, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University enjoy success after graduation due to our focus on an undergraduate experience that is grounded in fundamental principles of the five disciplines of chemistry and centered on a hands-on, original research experience.

Our students enjoy access to modern instrumentation and research activity comparable to a large university while receiving the faculty mentoring most often seen at smaller schools. Faculty teach students skills in the classroom, labs and outside activities to be lifelong learners and promoters of science.

Recent graduates are employed at PPG and Covestro; enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Northwestern, Cornell, CMU, Emory, University of Washington, U. Penn and UC San Diego; and medical programs at Temple, U. Pittsburgh, LECOM and UNECOM.

We welcome you to explore our website, visit the department and email us with questions. Good luck in your college search!

Dr. Ellen S. Gawalt, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor


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