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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.



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