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Marcie Wiggins (far right) is a doctoral student who has helped train and mentor undergraduate student Emma Heath (far left). Wiggins is being co-advised by assistant professor and conservation scientist (Department of Art Conservation)  Jocelyn Alcántara-García (center) and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Karl Booksh (not pictured). In Alcántara-García's lab Wiggins and Heath have been studying the degradation of copper-containing pigments which were frequently applied as watercolors on a paper medium. Their combined research will uniquely contribute to the understanding of copper-containing pigments and help guide the conservation, treatment, and storage of artwork in which those pigments have been used on paper. Photo credit Evan Krape, University of Delaware.

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Chemistry

Four chemistry courses are required for a major in art conservation as well as admission into most art conservation graduate programs:

CHEM 103 General Chemistry (4 credits)

CHEM 104 General Chemistry (4 credits)

CHEM 321/325 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (4 credits)

CHEM 322/326 Organic Chemistry II/Lab (4 credits)

Other Recommended Science Courses:

CHEM 120 Quantitative Chemistry

CHEM 342 Intro to Biochemistry

GEOL 202 Introduction to Earth Materials

PHYS 201 Introduction to Physics I

PHYS 202 Introduction to Physics 202

Adding a chemistry minor or major is an option for our students who are planning on applying to conservation graduate programs. A chemistry minor requires two more chemistry courses than we currently require for the major. See chemistry minor or major links below for more detailed information.

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489
  • art-conservation@udel.edu