Chemistry (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry will provide you with the fundamentals of chemical theory and practice through scientific investigation, laboratory experience and research opportunities. The program features four concentrations.

The Standard Chemistry concentration is the most flexible option, providing you with a broad range of knowledge in chemistry. The Analytical/Physical Chemistry track includes upper-level courses in Applied spectroscopy, Experimental and physical chemistry, and more. The Biochemical/Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry concentration focuses on synthetic chemistry from both the organic and inorganic perspectives, and 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.

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.

DePaul offers 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.


Sample Courses:

  • Advanced inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Applied spectroscopy
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Drugs and toxicology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Applied spectroscopy
  • Experimental and physical chemistry
  • Kinetics and molecular dynamics
  • Organic chemistry

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Standard Chemistry
  • Analytical/Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemical/Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

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


89 percent of 2014 Chemistry graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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