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Department of Chemistry
Students work in a chemistry lab

Start your chemistry degree with
a bang.

At Otterbein University, starting with your very first class, you will work directly with faculty in small sized courses.  You will be encouraged to begin research projects early in your academic career at Otterbein, which may lead to publication or presentation at scientific meetings. For example, our students regularly attend the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, most recently in San Francisco. These accomplishments are rare for undergraduate students and help set the Otterbein Department of Chemistry apart from other schools, leading to excellent post-graduate opportunities for Otterbein students.

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Otterbein has it all - excellent facilities, research opportunities, small class sizes and knowledgeable faculty dedicated to helping every student achieve their goals.

Stephanie Gnewuch ‘15 Intern at BASF Corporation

Majors & Minors

  • Chemistry (BA)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BS)
  • Chemistry (Minor)

Recent Student Research Projects

Mallory Gasbarre '17: "Exploring Standards and Standardization in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory" (with Dr. Carrigan Hayes)

Melissa Lucius '14: "Exploring the Thermochemistry of Monocyclic and Bicyclic Oxygenated Species via Computational Chemistry Methods" (with Dr. Carrigan Hayes)

Katlynn Merringer '17: Substituent Strength vs Reactivity: A Study of 1,3,4-Oxadiazoles and Electron Donating Groups" (with Dr. Robin Grote)

Elizabeth Peters '17: Synthesis of Oxadiazoles with Electron Withdrawing Groups and the Analysis of Product Yield with Bond Length" (with Dr. Robin Grote)

Stephanie Gnewuch '15: "Imidazolium Salts as Reaction Media for the Preparation of Metal Halide Cluster Networks" (with Dr. Dean Johnston)

Trevor Sams '13: "Structural Studies of Molybdenum Halide Clusters" (with Dr. Dean Johnston)

Kobi Agyepong '17: Inquiry into Perilipin-5A Expression in Triacylglycerol Rich vs Normal Fed Mouse Adipocytes and Hepatocytes" (with Dr. John Tansey)

Brodie Ranzau '17: Evidence of a Perilipin 5 Splice Variant" (with Dr. John Tansey)

Hayley Quinn '17: "Determination of Metal Concentrations in Sediments of Big Walnut Creek and its Impact on Mussel Populations" (with Dr. Joan Esson)

Adrienne Bradley '16: "Development of a Nanoparticle-Based Colorimetric Assay for the Anticoagulant Heparin" (with Dr. Joan Esson)