Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Physics

Warren Wilson College is a great place to study chemistry and physics! You will have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry, or a minor in chemistry or physics. Whatever route you choose, you will be encouraged to think about how chemistry and physics can be applied in addressing the world’s human health and sustainability issues. With the help of the faculty, the chemistry crew, the friendly atmosphere of the Elvis lounge, and the company of the cool cat Mendeleev, you will thoroughly enjoy your exploration of the chemical and physical basis of our world.

chemistry student

Whether you have an interest in environmental chemical analysis, a career in the health or veterinary sciences, or graduate-level study to further develop your knowledge and skills, your time spent at Warren Wilson will be focused on not just learning the fundamentals of chemistry and physics. You will be encouraged to explore how what you learn of chemistry and physics and their underlying principles can be put to use for the common good. The combination of your academic, work, and service experience, gained through our unique Triad program, will provide you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue your dreams, be a life-long learner, and truly make a difference. If you want to be a veterinarian, what better place to study than at Warren Wilson College where you can major in biochemistry and work directly with livestock including cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry on our College farm? If you are artistic, what better place to study than Warren Wilson College where you can study chemistry and apply/develop your understanding of metallurgy through your work in the college blacksmith shop? If you are committed to addressing issues of sustainability, Warren Wilson College will provide you the experiences and knowledge to pursue employment or graduate school. There are no limitations to what you can do with a degree in chemistry or biochemistry from Warren Wilson College.

In addition to the innovative, flexible, modern curriculum, your capstone undergraduate research project will serve as the culmination of your exploration. You will propose and design a project and independently conduct the investigation under the guidance of one of our faculty members. You will immerse yourself in a project of your own choosing and you will present your results to the community. Opportunities to attend conferences are plentiful and our students have been quite successful obtaining graduate fellowships based on their research experiences.

Through it all you will grow and learn that at Warren Wilson College, “Doing chemistry is like being in heaven!” So, come by for a visit or email us. We’d be happy to share more with you.

Stephen F. Cartier, Ph.D. Chair, Chemistry and Physics Department

Hamill Science Center
Hamill Science Center



Stephen F. Cartier (Chair)
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Involved with students in conducting research projects focused on chemical ecology and the medicinal natural products produced by fungi and plants, and the applications, synthesis, and toxicology of nano-particles.

David C. Coffey
Ph.D., University of Washington
Researching the physics of new materials used in next generation solar cells.

Dana M. Emmert
Ph.D., Purdue University
Studying cardiac disease and cancer, focusing on clarifying the role of a family of transporter proteins in both of these disease states by utilizing a variety of biochemical research tools.

Langdon J. Martin
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Conducting research on small-molecule organic synthesis, biomolecule purification, and peptide synthesis.

Our faculty also have affiliations with the Cleveland Clinic, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the National Renewable Energy Lab, and opportunities exist for students to conduct research in these laboratories.


Student Research

Learn about the excellent work done by students in the sciences as part of the Natural Science Undergraduate Research Sequence.


Special Facilities

General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry Lab
Analytical Chemistry Lab
Analytical Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry Lab
Morse Entrance
Morse Entrance
Witherspoon from outside entrance
autumn mountain view
A beautiful autumn mountain view

Check out some of the special instruments we use in the lab.