Artwork in SCL atrium with students studying.

Welcome to the Winona State Department of Chemistry

We are committed to working with students in an inclusive and friendly environment and helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Our program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and all subdisciplines of chemistry -- inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, biological and polymer -- are well represented by our diverse faculty. The department offers majors in chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry teaching, physical science teaching and environmental science. Our faculty members are active research scientists but our primary commitment is to provide a quality undergraduate education in chemistry.

Chemistry Department Focus

The WSU Chemistry Department aims to provide superb undergraduate educational experiences to our students. Small class sizes and ample experiential learning opportunities lead to a high level of interaction between the faculty and the students.

Chemistry graduates from WSU have earned distinction in a diverse range of careers  including industrial research chemists, government agency heads, and college professors. Many have gone on to chemistry PhD programs and professional schools such as pharmacy and medical colleges.

Where to Find Us

We are located in Pasteur Hall and the Science Laboratory Center and we have excellent laboratory facilities dedicated to teaching and research. Our instrumentation includes excellent IR, NMR, UV-VIS, AA, and DCP emission spectrometers. We also have capabilities for x-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray microanalysis, multi-angle light scattering and GC-MS.

Department News

Check out our summer course offerings!

Congratulations to Alex Buchberger, Liz Daniels, Kaitlin Doucette, Sarah Johnson, Kayla Kuhlman, Michelle Lund, Zach Swanson, and Briana Welp for representing WSU and presenting your research at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX this spring!

WSU Chemistry research will be on display at the Judith Ramaley Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarship on April 16th and the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium held on April 26th at St. Maryís University. †Please stop by to support our students and their work.

Katie Seehusen, Maria Noterman and Mallory Villeneuve will be presenting their work at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego April 26-30. †A special congratulation goes out to Katie Seehusen who was awarded a competitive travel grant through the conference.

Contact Us

Chemistry Office
Pasteur Hall 320
Phone 507.457.5290
Fax 507.457.5286

Department Chair
Dr. Sara Hein
Phone 507.457.5294