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Craig Fryhle

Professor of Chemistry

Rieke Science Center - Room 240
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Postdoctoral Research, Organic Chemistry, University of Washington, 1985-1986
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Brown University, 1985
  • B.A., Chemistry, Gettysburg College, 1979

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Organic Chemistry



Chemistry Department Chair, Instructional Resources Committee (IRC) Member, Budget Advisory Committee Member (IRC Representative), Health Sciences Committee Member

Teaching Responsibilities:

Organic Chemistry I and II lecture and laboratory
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Chemistry of Life laboratory

Prior Teaching Involvement:

Organic Special Projects Laboratory
Introduction to Research
Instrumental Analysis
Chemistry of Life lecture and laboratory
General Chemistry I
Cosmos, Earth, and Live


  • Organic Chemistry co-authored with T. W. Graham Solomons and Scott A. Snyder, (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014) : View Book

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Craig Fryhle began his career at PLU (Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) in 1986 working on organic synthesis targets related to natural products and potential mechanism-based enzyme inhibitors of the shikimic acid pathway.   He has mentored undergraduate  researchers in these areas who have gone on to careers in academia, industry and other pursuits.   He has been PI or co-PI on NSF and private foundation grants that have brought approximately $1M to PLU.  In 1993 he began a collaboration with Graham Solomons (University of South Florida) on the textbook Organic Chemistry (John Wiley and Sons, Inc.) leading to coauthorship of the 7th edition in 2000.   Their textbook is used around the world in eight languages.  They published the 11th edition in 2014, with Scott Snyder (Scripps Research Institute) joining as coauthor.

Professor Fryhle has been chair of the PLU Chemistry Department for about 14 years and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for over 25 years.  He was chair of the ACS Puget Sound Section (PSS) in 1999 and currently serves on the ACS PSS Executive Committee as a Councilor.


  • Mountaineering

Fun Facts

  • The North Cascades mountain range in Washington is his favorite place. He has climbed many significant peaks in the North Cascades as well as all of the volcanoes in Washington. He has also climbed the highest peaks on two of the seven continents (South America and Africa), including the highest peak outside of Asia (Aconcagua, 22, 896 ft), and has made two attempts on the highest peak in North America (Denali). His family tops all all of these summits, however.