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About Chemistry (and Biochemistry)

The scientific investigation of the composition of matter and its transformations, chemistry is at the heart of modern scientific and technical inquiry—from the composition of distant stars, to geochemical transformations taking place deep within our planet, to modern pharmaceuticals and high-performance materials, to our own bodies. Indeed, chemistry is often dubbed the "central science," as knowledge of modern chemistry is key to advances in fields as diverse as geoscience, neuroscience, molecular biology, and materials science. Skidmore chemistry majors will graduate with a strong foundation in the chemical sciences, hands-on experience using modern instrumentation such as nuclear magnetic resonance and high-performance liquid chromatography, and experience in conducting independent research with faculty members, as well as internships. (See our interactive tour of Skidmore's science facilities.)

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function
  • Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Food Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical Research
  • Introduction to Chemical Research

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent faculty-student research projects:

  • Development of a Microfluidic Diagnostic Device for Malaria
  • Detection of Hydrofracking Water Infiltration in Surface Waters
  • Atmospheric Fate of Combustion Particles
  • Molecular Dynamics of the HIV Vif Hijacking of the Ubiquitination Complex
  • Expansion of the Genetic Code with Pyroglutamate
  • Dual Pathways for Asparaginyl-tRNA Formation in Bacillus Anthracis
  • Synthesis of Superoxide Dismutase Mimics
  • Synthesis of a Biologically Relevant Cycohexene Compound

Study abroad programs: Popular among majors are the University of Melbourne (Australia); the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen (Denmark); and IES Abroad Christchurch, University of Canterbury (New Zealand).


  • Genetech/Roche
  • AMRI
  • Global Foundries
  • Center for Resuscitation Science-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Health Education Program-Safe Passage
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • BioReliance
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital

VIDEO: Passionate about developing an inexpensive way to diagnose malaria, Skidmore students Meti Debela '16 and Julie Bryant '16 talk about their collaborative research project with professor Kim Frederick.


Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Veterinary oncologist, Animal Emergency and Referral Associates, Fairfield, N.J.
  • VP, Anne Arundel Gen Hospital & Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.
  • Senior scientist, AstraZeneca, Boston, Mass.
  • Senior fire protection engineer, Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corp., Mechanicville, N.Y.
  • Chemistry teacher, Bozeman Public Schools, Bozeman, Mont.
  • Podiatrist, Buckeye Foot & Ankle, Urbana, Ohio
  • Occupational health and safety consulting, Butler Health & Safety, San Pedro, Calif.
  • Cardiologist, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, Upland, Pa.
  • Geneneral surgeon/clinical associate, Carney Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Dorchester, Mass.
  • Pediatrician/physician, Children's Care Pediatrics, Atlanta, Ga.
  • VP of research administration, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • Pediatric dentist, Children’s Hospital, Metairie, La.
  • Neurologist, associate professor, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Project coordinator, influenza division, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Safety specialist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
  • Scientist, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, Del.
  • Co-founder, Epiphany Biosciences, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Principal market planning manager, Genentech, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Professor of organic chemistry, UCLA
  • Professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • President and CEO, Health Intelligence Partners, Chicago, Ill.
  • Palliative care nurse practitioner, Hospice of the North Shore, Danvers, Mass.
  • Neuroradiologist, Jefferson Radiology, Hartford, Conn.
  • Environmental research chemist, Livermore National Labs, Livermore, Calif.
  • Allergist, Manhasset Allergy & Asthma Associates, Manhasset, N.Y.
  • Director of ultrasound, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
  • Molecular biologist, New England Biolabs, Ipswich, Mass.
  • Director of global regulatory affairs, Pfizer, Morris Plains, N.J.
  • Director of Chemistry, Karos Pharmaceuticals
  • Associate professor of biostatistics, University of Massaschusetts, Amherst, Mass.
  • Orthopaedic surgeon, US Army Medical Corps, Festus, Mo.
  • Senior Scientist, Amgen

Grad Schools: A sampler of where rent alumni attended

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D.
  • Boston University, M.D.
  • Brown University, Ph.D.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D.
  • Columbia University, M.S. Nutrition
  • SUNY Downstate Medical School, M.D.
  • Tulane University, M.D.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D.
  • University of Missouri, Ph.D.
  • University of North Carolina, M.D./Ph.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M..D./Ph.D.


Meet the Chemistry faculty members.