Dale L. Orth, Ph.D.

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Professor of Chemistry, Center for Teaching Excellence Director

B.A., Colorado College, Chemistry, 1990
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry, 1995
Office Location
Hurst Hall 206


Courses I have taught at Western

Information on courses I am currently teaching is available to students on our Blackboard site.

CHEM 101 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II
CHEM 114 General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 250 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 306 Analytical Chemistry (with laboratory)
CHEM 401 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 402 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 454 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar - Engaging the Headwaters

Dale Orth, Ph.D., joined Western in 2001. He chaired the department of Natural and Environmental Sciences from 2006 to 2015 and enjoys working with department faculty to improve instruction and opportunities for student learning. He also enjoys working with students on research projects. Recent examples include working with Dan Gerrity to develop a method for determining mercury in compact fluorescent lamps, and with Rosie Parr on measuring aluminum levels by fluorescence.

While on sabbatical during the 2010-11 academic year, Dale served in Senator Rockefeller's (D-WV) office as an American Chemical Society/AAAS Congressional Fellow. Dale advised Senator Rockefeller on many issues especially around education and science funding.  While quite far from the scientific laboratory, the experience was a valuable reminder of the things one can do with a chemistry degree and a liberal arts background.

For more information about studying Chemistry at Western, visit western.edu.