Off-Campus Studies Mission Statement

Off-Campus Studies at Whitman College aims to develop in our students intercultural skills and global understanding for a lifetime of leadership.  We endeavor to achieve this goal by:

  • Providing off-campus study opportunities worldwide that offer high-quality academic content, instruction and evaluation.
  • Expanding learning opportunities for students and integrating the learning off-campus into their academic program to the fullest extent possible.
  • Promoting programs that increase a student’s foreign language and intercultural fluency.
  • Offering programs that foster an ability to question assumptions and think critically in the context of other worldviews.
  • Ensuring that programs are well integrated into the host community and encourage immersion of the student into the host culture. 
  • Developing the means by which returning students can actively contribute to international awareness and programming on campus, as well as in the Walla Walla community.

Off-Campus Studies can help Chemistry students…

  • Gain awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills

What are the types of OCS programs recommended by the Chemistry department?

  • Direct enrollment at a foreign university
  • Field-based programs that offer cultural immersion, foreign language study, and exposure to chemistry through primary research in the field, such as examining environmental issues abroad

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in chemistry prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities?

  • It provides a global perspective and exposure to a different educational system.
  • Contact with chemists outside the United States
  • Field experience in another country is valuable even if a student’s studies are only tangentially related to chemistry.

Which requirements can chemistry majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Planning Tips

As a general rule of thumb, the Chemistry Department recommends the following for students who wish to study off campus.

  • First-year students should discuss their plans to major in chemistry and interest in OCS with a chemistry major adviser their first semester.
  • First-year students should enroll in CHEM 140 Advanced General Chemistry or CHEM 125 and 126 General Chemistry, as well as Calculus at the appropriate level.
  • Students are encouraged to study off-campus in the spring of their junior year and to plan early. Some required courses will need to be delayed until senior year.

Credit Limitations

A maximum of 12 credits can be applied to the Chemistry major from off campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) with the approval of the student’s major adviser.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Chemistry department?

University of East Anglia (Norwich, England) for students who wish to take several chemistry courses abroad

Advising Support

Students interested in Off-Campus Studies should attend an OCS First Step meeting in the fall of their second year, discuss their interests with their major adviser, and schedule an appointment with an OCS adviser.