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The bachelor's degree in Chemistry program will provide you with the fundamentals of chemical theory and practice through scientific investigation, laboratory experience and research opportunities.

You will choose to concentrate in one of four areas, depending on your career goals:

  • Standard concentration
  • Analytical/Physical Chemistry 
  • Biochemical/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry
The Standard concentration is the most flexible option, providing you with a broad range of knowledge in chemistry. You will be able to take a variety of courses that interest you.

The Analytical/Physical Chemistry track includes upper-level courses in:

  • Applied spectroscopy
  • Experimental and physical chemistry
  • Kinetics and molecular dynamics
  • Organic chemistry

The Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry concentration will prepare you to work in biotechnology or pharmaceutical fields. You will also gain a solid foundation of knowledge if you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary science. Courses in this concentration include:

  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Drugs and toxicology
  • Medicinal chemistry

The Synthetic Chemistry concentration focuses on synthetic chemistry from both the organic and inorganic perspectives. Courses in this concentration include:

  • Advanced inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Applied spectroscopy
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Polymer synthesis

Chemistry faculty members conduct research projects that are funded through government, foundation and industry grants, providing you with multiple opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. Being in Chicago also allows you to attend many scientific conferences hosted in the city throughout the year.

We also offer a combined bachelor’s/master's degree program in Chemistry and a combined bachelor’s in Chemistry/master’s in Secondary Education Chemistry. Both programs allow you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.

Internship Possibilities


What can you do with this degree?

  • Biochemical analysis and testing
  • Education
  • Environmental remediation
  • Forensics
  • Industrial health and safety administration
  • Medical school
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Research