Chemical & Physical Sciences Department

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Discover the scientist in you supported by a welcoming community.

With programs in chemistry, earth system science, science education, and biochemistry—as well as courses in astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics—you can learn about the world that you will help to shape and sustain after graduation. The Chemical and Physical Sciences Department can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand and address climate change, human health and medicine, sustainable energy, water and the environment.


  • Regionally respected chemistry teacher education program

  • 1:1 research with an expert faculty mentor

  • Industry-aligned for careers in the chemical and biotech industries

Explore and learn with faculty who love teaching.

Our faculty are just as passionate about the sciences as you. No matter your professional or personal goals and interests, we’re here to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. Enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one attention while you master the scientific method and hone your skills in modern laboratory spaces in the Nettie Stevens building. Plus, every student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conduct research—so you gain hands-on experience in your scientific field of study. 

  • A professor wearing a lab coat and safety glasses talks to a student in a science lab.
  • A student smiles as they receive a test tube on a lanyard.
  • A professor works with students during a classroom activity.
  • A professor talks with a student during a lab activity.

Get student support from start to finish.

As a student within the Chemical and Physical Sciences Department, you'll receive free tutoring by upper-level students from the department and easy access to full-time faculty during their office hours. We also offer a seminar series to meet current students and alumni and additional scholarship opportunities for licensure tracks and chemistry majors provided by the National Science Foundation.

You’ll experience comprehensive support at the Center for Student Success and Engagement. Whether you’re navigating the college transition, seeking academic advice, honing study strategies, or accessing various resources, our dedicated programs are ready to assist you.

Learn practical skills that prepare you for your career.

The Chemical and Physical Sciences Department provides an accessible, supportive environment that makes it easier to learn the “hard” sciences. We help you hone your science communication skills and offer internships that provide valuable real-world experience.

You’ll have access to our modern benchtop NMR and chromatograph/mass spectrometry combination instruments recently installed in our dedicated lab. Capable of separating complex mixtures and identifying components within minutes, the GC/MS is utilized in various fields including law enforcement, pharmaceutical testing, food safety, medicine, basic research, and quality control in the chemical and biotechnology industry.

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Contact Us

Please reach out with any questions you have about the Chemical and Physical Sciences Department. We are happy to connect with you one-on-one.  

Dr. Karsten Theis, Acting Chair of the Chemical and Physical Sciences Department at Westfield State University, smiles while in a classroom.

Contact us

Dr. Karsten Theis
Acting Chair – Chemical & Physical Sciences Department 
Wilson Hall 309A

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Chemical & Physical Sciences Department