Department of Chemistry, Physics, Geology & the Environment

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The Department of Chemistry, Physics, Geology & the Environment is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences and located in the Sims Science Building. The department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Chemistry, as well as minors in Chemistry, Applied Physics, and Geology. We have a strong tradition of exceptional student outcomes with many graduates matriculating into medical, dental, pharmacy, and other graduate programs. Be sure to check out the latest department news and announcements!


Chemistry and Biochemistry at Winthrop

Chemistry is the central science. With a degree in chemistry from Winthrop, you can pursue a career in science, medicine, education, and so much more.

Why Winthrop

Why Winthrop Chemistry?

Winthrop Chemistry offers ACS and ASBMB certified degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. Find out why Winthrop Chemistry is right for you.

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What Can I Do With a Chemistry Degree?

Chemistry majors go on to pursue careers in government, industry, pharmacy, and medicine. Learn about all the things you can do with a degree in chemistry.


Chemistry and Biochemistry Research

Interested in research? The department has an active undergraduate research program that involves faculty specializing in chemistry and biochemistry.


Physics, Geology, and Environmental Programs at Winthrop

The department also offers degrees in Environmental Studies (B.A.) and Environmental Sciences (B.S.) in addition to minors in Geology and Physics.

World's Hottest Chili Pepper Confirmed by Winthrop Chemistry Professor

Winthrop Chemistry professor Cliff Calloway and his students used HPLC analysis to verify that "Pepper X" is now the hottest chili pepper in the world. The new variety, developed by Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Peppers, scored over 2.6 million Scoville heat units making it roughly 3 times hotter than the Carolina Reaper pepper, the previous record holder. The pepper was recently featured in an episode of the popular "Hot Ones" YouTube show.