Success in Chemistry

Students who graduate with a Whittier College degree in chemistry are well prepared for their post-graduate pursuits.

Our chemistry alumni pursue advanced degrees in chemistry/biochemistry, enter medical school or other health science schools—such as dental, pharmacy, or optometry—or begin graduate programs in public health, law, forensic science, and genetic counseling.

Find your own career and internship opportunities at the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development.

Chemistry alumna Domarin KhagoDomarin Khago ’11
Postdoctoral Fellow at National Cancer Institute

Domarin is making progress against cancer at the National Cancer Institute. At the nation’s principal research agency for the diseases, she focuses on better understanding how enzymes transfer proteins.

Before she was an award-winning researcher, Domarin was double majoring in chemistry and economics at Whittier. In the classroom and the lab, she learned to think independently and conduct her own research—skills that aided her greatly in graduate school. She also felt supported by her professors, who were always available to talk and made everything feel easier to accomplish.

“Being in the classes at Whittier, it was very conducive to independent thinking… It was almost indescribable.”

Chemistry alumna Megan JohnsonMegan Johnson ’07
Quality Control Chemist at Chevron

Everyday at Chevron, Megan never knows exactly what she’s going to encounter in the quality control lab. But she loves thinking through puzzles, and Whittier equipped her with the foundational experience to figure them out.

As an undergraduate, she worked hands-on with instruments in the lab—experiences her graduate school peers envied—and learned how to dig deep into her studies and ask questions. At the encouragement of her professors, Megan spent two summers in research labs to hone her knowledge and gain real-world experience.

After earning a Master’s at University of California, Irvine, her Whittier network led her to her dynamic job at one of the world’s largest energy companies.

“Whittier professors want you to explore questions and… that’s definitely something that helped prepare me.”

Chemistry alumnus Joshua SmithJoshua Smith ’11
Molecular Biology and Biochemisty Ph.D. Candidate at UC Irvine

Joshua conducts research where chemistry and biology meet, focusing on protein thermodynamics and how they obtain their natural shape. He was also part of a team that figured out how to unboil egg whites—an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production, and other areas of the global biotechnology industry.

Joshua first began his protein work at Whittier, where he was an undergraduate research assistant. While working alongside professor Devin Iimoto, Joshua even co-authored their findings—an invaluable addition to his growing resume.